Cops Still Baffled Over Brooklyn Bridge Flag Stunt
Police seeking 5 people seen on the span's footpath about 3am
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2014 11:49 AM CDT
One of the white flags.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Apparently, all you need to orchestrate a prank on the Brooklyn Bridge are aluminum roasting pans and some mad climbing skills. Police say a small group of intruders used the pans to cover floodlights on the bridge's two towers before they hoisted two bleached-white US flags overnight Monday, the AP reports. Authorities say they're looking for four to five people—some of whom likely have construction or bridge work experience—seen in security footage walking on the footpath of the bridge around 3am. Police believe they scaled the main cables leading to the towers, thereby avoiding locked gates.

A city worker tells NBC New York that the feat likely took two hours. The actual flag-replacement wasn’t captured by security cameras, and officers in two police cars at either end of the bridge noticed nothing amiss. “To be clear, we’re certainly concerned about it,” the NYPD’s anti-terrorism czar tells the Daily News. No motive is known, and police are scouring social media for clues. (This is the third security breach in New York City in recent months, including these parachuters and this teen.)

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Jul 24, 2014 12:46 PM CDT
I think their intent is clear as in our surrender to the police state developing that despite all the liberties infringed could not stop them, and I applaud them hoping they will not be caught.
Chuck Roast
Jul 24, 2014 10:10 AM CDT
Gees, that makes feel everybody knows how incompetent the "authorities" are that are watching the bridge.....tops of bridges need motion detectors, that ring a bell that alerts the monkeys.
Jul 23, 2014 11:58 PM CDT
Obozo the Clown ordered the flag to be replaced with a white flag, because he has no balls, and wants to give up and play golf and fundraise for his corrupt Demwit party for the rest of his term.