Overnight, someone climbed to the top of both the Brooklyn Bridge's two 273-foot towers. A terrifying feat on its own, the culprit(s) decided to stick around and paint the American flags atop the iconic structure white.
Police have no idea who the climbers/painters were, nor how they might have gotten up there. The bridge is considered a high-profile terrorism target, so it is under constant security. Except for last night, obviously.
According to officials, the American flags are hung by specially trained workers in the Department of Transportation. The flags are fastened with steel clips and only taken down when they need to be repaired due to wear or bad weather.
To change them, a pair of workers attached to a tether walk along a quarter mile of cable to the ladder atop the tower. The cable is about a foot in diameter. Then, the workers climb onto the flag platform. There is no way to actually lower the flags (this is to prevent vandals, but what good did that do?) so the workers always have to climb the flag platform.
At the least police are folding up the Brooklyn Bridge white surrender flag in a respectful manner. pic.twitter.com/ltn6dydIkd— Kevin Depew (@kevindepew) July 22, 2014
While that seems like a pretty difficult process, and certainly a terrifying one, these people (or person) managed to climb up there, while holding paint and a brush, change the flag, and mosey back down unscathed.