Scaling the under-construction World Trade Center is no easy feat, but 16-year-old Justin Casquejo of Weehawken managed to evade the building’s ‘a state-of-the-art integrated security system’ and reach the dizzying heights of the top.
From there, he posted this tweet.
He is indeed a daredevil, but what is most concerning is that the teenager managed to sneak past security at One World Trade Center.
"I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop. 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 to the 104th floor. I went up to the rooftop and climbed the ladder all the way to the antenna," he says.
He has been charged with criminal trespassing in the third degree, and an additional trespassing violation.
Justin describes himself as part of a parkour team. Parkour being a gravity-defying urban sport of sorts that sometimes involves scaling buildings and other high structures.
This is not the first time he has posted his ‘achievements’ online:
Back on that parkour flow pic.twitter.com/o0kw8M5OpV— Justin (@JustinCasquejo) August 3, 2013
Not let’s turn out attention back to the massive security breach.
One World Trade Center is supposed to have "a state-of-the-art integrated security system that includes closed-circuit television, coupled with video analytics to detect abnormal situations; digital recorders; access control systems; provisions for chemical, biological and radiation detection; a fiber-optic backbone and network; and related electrical infrastructure."
One of the guards, said to be sleeping at the time, has been fired. Regardless, this incident does raise the question that if a teenager with just a daring soul and a point to make can breach security undetected; what would someone with malicious intent and proper training be able to do?
The internet in the meanwhile is thumping Justin on the back: