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August 14, 2013
Edmonton base jumpers pull off risky stunt
The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is investigating reports of three men parachuting from the top of a 35-storey condominium tower under construction in Edmonton.
“Regardless of how well-prepared jumpers believe they are, this is a very dangerous and illegal activity not at all suited for an urban environment,” said EPS Inspector Brian Nowlan.
“The safety of the jumpers and persons on the street has to be considered, as everything is over in a matter of seconds. There is the real potential for things to go wrong – with equipment or wind conditions or even traffic on the street – and there is the real possibility of injury and death as well as property damage.”
The incident happened at about 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2013, when police received reports of three men allegedly parachuting or BASE (buildings, antennas, spans, and earth) jumping, from a building in the area of Jasper Avenue and 119 Street.
Three adult males allegedly entered a fenced construction site and jumped from one of the top floors of the building, landing a short distance away on the Victoria Promenade and fleeing in a waiting vehicle. Police responded, but the individuals were not apprehended.
Nowlan said the police are investigating but warned potential copycat jumpers of the inherent risks and consequences of the activity.
“Thankfully, there have only been a few of these incidents here over the years,” he said.
“Depending on the circumstances, jumpers can face charges such as trespassing, break and enter, or mischief.”
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