Guy Practicing Parkour Tumbles 40 Feet Down Chimney

And he's been charged with trespassing for his trouble
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Guy Practicing Parkour Tumbles 40 Feet Down Chimney
British parkour expert Tim Shieff performs a hand-stand in front of the House of Commons, April 14, 2016. An American parkour practitioner fell 40 feet down a chimney and has been charged with trespassing.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

A 26-year-old man says he was making a parkour video with friends when he fell 40 feet down the chimney of a downtown Denver apartment building, reports the AP. Dustin Hinkle tells KCNC-TV that he and a couple of friends were making a parkour video on the roof of the Denver City Lofts on Thursday when he fell through a chimney cover. "I didn’t even believe in God before this," Hinkle said. "That’s a real mind-opener right there. I fell forty feet, and I’m alive." Hinkle plummeted down the old incineration chimney until a cable caught his fall. "I felt like I was going to die honestly," he adds. He was stuck for nearly two hours until firefighters broke through a brick wall to get him out.

Hinkle, who along with his friends is facing a trespassing charge, says he won't be bounding around from building to building anymore. The Denver Post reports that jail records show Hinkle is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. Denver Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Taylor told the Post: "It appeared to me to be a pretty small chimney." Parkour involves moving from point to point using obstacles along the way. (A young chess grandmaster was killed while practicing parkour.)

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