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Teens' Daredevil Stunt Prompts Review Of Golden Gate Bridge Security

An 18-year-old high school student using the pseudonym Peter Teatime told the Independent Journal he has been climbing tall structures for years, but that the Golden Gate Bridge was the "coolest" so far.

The span has hundreds of cameras - one can be seen on top of the tower in the video - but bridge staff monitors those trained on areas where the bridge is vulnerable.

According to authorities, the bridge was not damaged by the climbers, but the fact that this was able to occur at all - without anyone finding out about it for more than a month - is definitely a concern. "Where these individuals were and what they were engaged in could not have harmed the bridge, so it did not trigger alarms".

Teatime and Rector snuck down the Marin Headlands, along the bridge, and once the sun set, climbed the bridge's suspension stays from the shore.

The climbers have been identified but not charged with trespassing on the bridge. "And if they do, we will bring the full consequences that we can, both civilly and criminally, to bear upon them", Mulligan said.

"But for any explorer the Golden Gate Bridge is an absolute must-do, as it's the tallest bridge in the USA and such an iconic structure", he told Daily Mail. The video follows the friends as they scaled a series of stairs, performed somersaults and back flips and hung their bodies off the bridge. Two teens recently did a unsafe stunt by climbing the Golden Gate Bridge without any safety gear and the video which has now gone viral is terrifying and risky.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District said changes to bridge security are now being implemented.

The video went viral and caught the attention of Homeland Security, which has cameras and motion detectors set-up around and on the bridge.

"This incident raises questions about how such an unauthorized climb was possible and the potential harm to drivers below if one of the climbers had fallen onto the roadway", Priya David Clemens, of Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, said. "If there was an accident, I don't want to hurt anyone", he said, adding he would have some security tips to pass on to bridge officials if asked. "Our security systems are developed to keep people from harming the structure".

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