Police have cordoned off a section of The Terrace after a large sheet of glass fell 10 storeys to shatter on the footpath below.
Police central communications acting team leader Nikki Anamani said the smashed glass was reported by a passer-by about 6.30am today.
Pieces of glass were reportedly still falling to the ground after the initial breakage.
The cause was not believed to be suspicious and was thought to be caused by a faulty piece of glass or the wind.
The police cordon was for public safety.
The Montreaux building, 164-168 The Terrace, which the glass fell from, is near the intersection with Boulcott St.
An officer at the scene said a car window was cracked by falling glass on the street below.
The piece of glass, from the facade of the top floor of the window, was about 3m tall 1m wide.
MetService was reporting northerly gusts of 81kmh in Wellington city this morning.
- The Dominion Post
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