I just had a similar experience myself. I've got a 50" Philips plasma TV on a glass and metal stand. Not sure what brand of stand mine is, actually - but I believe I purchased it at Ultimate Electronics a couple years ago, when it was on sale. (There weren't a whole lot of options available locally for 50" TV stands at that time.) This one looks similar to the Z-Line 3 shelf stands other people are linking to photos of, but the metal frame is a little bit different.
Anyway, my stand has been fine, until my g/f's 3-year old daughter got mad about something the other night, and threw a ceramic coffee mug across the living room. It hit the edge of the middle glass shelf, causing it to explode instantly. (The mug, however, is fine... go figure.)
I was *really* glad it didn't hit the top shelf that the TV was on! My Playstation 3, VCR/DVD combo unit, and some DVDs were all that fell to the bottom shelf, and they all survived. Lots of little glass "pebbles" and fragments to vacuum up though!
But whoever said their salesperson steered them away from glass shelves if they had kids in the house? Great advice! It's true that these shelves shatter EASILY when stuck at just the right angle!
Originally Posted by specialkt9
ya mine just did the same, came on here, saw your post. i was in the other room when i heard it explode and crash. when i went in to investigate, all the glass was still popping and exploding like pop rocks but bad enough make the glass stick in your skin if it hits it. what the hell?!