Man Leaps to Death From Empire State Building

Body shattered, sneakers scattered

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 31, 2010 3:05 AM CDT | Updated Mar 31, 2010 6:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 21-year-old man scaled a 10-foot-high fence on the observation deck of the Empires State Building last evening and thudded to the ground 86 floors below in front of horrified onlookers. "It was an explosion," a witness told the New York Daily News. "His body was shattered and his sneakers were scattered on the sidewalk." One pedestrian ran to cover the body with an umbrella. The jumper has not yet been identified. Some 30 people have leaped to their death from the landmark since it was built in 1931.

Fog mutes the top of the Empire State Building.
Fog mutes the top of the Empire State Building.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Members of the medical examiner's office remove the body of a man who plunged to his death from the Empire State Building.
Members of the medical examiner's office remove the body of a man who plunged to his death from the Empire State Building.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
Pedestrians look past the yellow police tape on the 34th Street side of the Empire State Building following the suicide of a man who plunged from landmark building last evening.
Pedestrians look past the yellow police tape on the 34th Street side of the Empire State Building following the suicide of a man who plunged from landmark building last evening.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
A medical examiner looks at the body of a man who plunged to his death from the Empire State Building.
A medical examiner looks at the body of a man who plunged to his death from the Empire State Building.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
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