PHO­TOG­RA­PHERS AR­RESTED ATOP 400-FOOT BRIDGE

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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.

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