PHOTOGRAPHERS ARRESTED ATOP 400-FOOT BRIDGE
PHILADELPHIA» Two thrill-seeking photographers who climbed to the top Philadelphia’s nearly 400-foottall Ben Franklin Bridge were arrested early Tuesday because they set off motion detectors during their ascent, officials said.
The pair, who wore black clothing and carried backpacks full of camera gear, surrendered when a rescue team surrounded them atop one of the bridge’s towers around 1 a.m., said John Hanson, CEO of Delaware River Port Authority, the agency that operates the bridge connecting downtown Philadelphia and Camden, N.J.
He identified the climbers as Martin J. Romero-Clark, of New York, and Andrew Lillibridge, of Toledo, Ohio. A search of their social media profiles shows multiple high-altitude images from around the world, including pictures from the tops of other bridges.
Hanson said they got to the top of the tower via the structure’s suspension cables.
Romero-Clark and Lillibridge were charged with multiple felonies, Hanson said.
The road and the rail line that run along the bridge were closed off for more than 90 minutes, Hanson said, adding that he couldn’t recall another time when someone climbed to the top of the Ben Franklin Bridge to shoot photos.