The UUA's “Standing on the Side of Love” banner, which has been hanging this week on the glass entry tower to the Salt Palace, the site of the General Assembly, broke loose during an intense thunderstorm Friday evening, shattering several panes of glass. No one was injured by falling glass, which covered the floor of the vestibule.
Jan Sneegas, UUA director of General Assembly and conference services, said that the banner came loose in the wind. The cables and gromets that attached the large banner to the entry tower structure smashed through several window panes.
People inside the convention center heard several extremely loud bursts of thunder, and heavy rain soaked many Unitarian Universalists as they returned to the Salt Palace for this evening's Service of the Living Tradition.
The main entrance at 100 South is now roped off as emergency personnel clean up the glass and examine the structure.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.