Teen Sneaks To Top Of One World Trade Center Tower


Looks like one New Jersey teen’s mission to
sneak up to the antenna on the top of One World Trade Center wasn’t so impossible after
all. “The Port Authority is claiming that Justin
Casquejo made it through a small hole to get into the area. He allegedly climbed up to
the 104th floor, taking photos the whole time.​” (Via News 12 New Jersey) A Port Authority spokesperson told the New
York Daily News 16-year-old Casquejo broke past the construction fence surrounding the
nation’s tallest building around 4 a.m. on Sunday. According to court documents, the teen told
police he then scaled a scaffolding that surrounds the tower to get inside on the sixth floor.
(Via Wikimedia Commons / Ad Meskens) He says he then took the elevator to the 88th
floor and took the staircase to the 104th floor, where he snuck past a sleeping private
security guard. And from there, Casquejo told police he “went
to the rooftop and climbed the ladder all the way to the antenna.” (Via Wikimedia Commons
/ Hakilon) Authorities say they weren’t able to nab the
sneaky teen until almost two hours later as he was making his way back down. According to ABC, a construction worker spotted
him coming down from the massive building at about 6 a.m. and called police. He was
later arrested, charged with trespassing and released. When the New York Post asked for comment,
Casquejo laughed it off: “Ha ha, oh yeah, that. Right. I would really love to talk to
you guys because I have a lot that I want to say about it. I was told that I just can’t
[talk] without permission.” But a one-word post to his Twitter account
the next day seemed to sum his escapade up pretty well: “Inspired.” Officials say they were pretty thrown by the
break-in, but they hope this incident will help them patch up any holes in One World
Trade Center’s security. The tower is expected to open later this year.

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