Teen on top of WTC arrested

2014-03-20 18:07
A view of the south pool waterfall as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Centre site. (Don Emmert, AFP)

A view of the south pool waterfall as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Centre site. (Don Emmert, AFP)

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New York - A 16-year-old boy bypassed security and climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Centre, the nation's tallest building, to take pictures in the middle of the night, police said on Thursday.

The teen was arrested at 06:00 on Sunday and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade centre site.

The teen got on the construction site of the nearly completed tower through a 1-foot opening in a fence, Pentangelo said. He then allegedly entered the tower by climbing scaffolding.

The teen eluded a guard on the 104th floor; the guard has since been fired, the spokesperson said.

It was not immediately known how the teen got to the 104th floor without being noticed.

Port Authority police arrested him on the premises. His camera and cellphone were seized after authorities obtained a search warrant.

The investigation was continuing into whether the teen may have entered other parts of the building.

"We take security and these types of infractions very seriously and will prosecute violators," Joe Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority, said in a statement.

"We continue to reassess our security posture at the site and are constantly working to make this site as secure as possible."

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