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Man arrested after trying to scale, parachute off of Toronto crane

Last Updated Oct 21, 2019 at 6:20 am PDT

A man is under arrest in Toronto after scaling a building and climbing a crane -- all while packing a parachute. (Carl Hanstke, 680 NEWS)
Summary

A man has been arrested and charged after police say he scaled a building and crane to base jump in Toronto

The 30-year-old man is now facing charges of break and enter and mischief

Fire crews say they managed to convince the thrill-seeker to come down after they climbed up the building to get him

TORONTO – A man is under arrest in Toronto after scaling a building and climbing a crane — all while packing a parachute.

The 30-year-old man busted into the site of a condo tower under construction in the downtown area around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, local time.

The building is expected to be about 58 storeys high once it’s complete. Fire crews climbed up to where he was and apparently convinced him to climb down off of the crane, which sits atop the tower.

The thrill-seeker told police he was hoping to do some base jumping.

“I think that he’s an idiot, for sure,” one passerby said.

Construction workers building the tower say the man is lucky he wasn’t killed just walking around up there without a harness.

“If it gets really windy up there, I mean, it could blow you off the building,” one worker said.

“I work in construction and I wouldn’t go up there without any safety equipment,” another added.

While he didn’t get to jump, he did get slapped with charges of break and enter and mischief.