Teen Sneaks On To Top of World Trade Centre
A teenager has been charged after he managed to bypass security in the middle of the night and climb to the top of New York's One World Trade Centre.
The 16-year-old boy roamed freely inside the uncompleted tower for nearly two hours and took pictures from the top of the nation's tallest building before he was discovered. Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said the teen accessed the construction site through a 1ft opening in a fence.
The boy then climbed scaffolding to access the tower, and managed to sneak past a security guard on the building's 104th floor. The guard has since been sacked, Mr Pentangelo said.
The teen told police that he "walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop", according to the criminal report. He added: "I found a way up through the scaffolding, climbed onto the 6th floor, and took the elevator up to the 88th floor. "I then took the staircase up to 104th floor. I went to the rooftop and climbed the ladder all the way to the antenna."
The teen, who had his camera and mobile phone taken by police, is charged with misdemeanour criminal trespass. Joe Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority, said: "We take security and these types of infractions very seriously and will prosecute violators. We continue to reassess our security posture at the site and are constantly working to make this site as secure as possible."
An investigation is under way to determine if the teen may have accessed other ports of the building. One World Trade Centre is slated to open later this year, and will include a $40m (£24.2m) security system.