There's a butterfly feeling you get in the pit of your stomach before you make a jump from any sizable distance. Heart pounding, palms sweaty, eyes closed... at some point you just let go, and jump.
Three daredevils in New York City decided to take the plunge, and not of the Nestea variety. The three decided to base-jump of the 1 World Trade Center straight down into the streets of Lower Manhattan.
The incriminating video, which was filmed last September, had been kept a secret until James Brady and Andrew Rossig turned themselves in on Monday. According to the New York Times, Brady and Rossig felt that their stunt made clear the need for more vigilance and security at the city's tallest tower.
The ease of access to the tower was demonstrated once again last week when Justin Casquejo, the 16-year-old boy, simply walked passed sleeping security at the 1 World Trade Center and marched his way to the top.
Clearly, security isn’t very tight.
"We just kind of walked in," said parachutist Rossig, 33. "It's supposed to be the most secure building in the world. God forbid it was somebody else getting in there with a real intention to harm New Yorkers," he added.
The base-jumping crew climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Center at 3 a.m. on September 30th of last year. The entire experience was filmed from the jump to a shockingly good landing in the quiet, middle-of-the-night city streets.
Even though in the video it looks like they’re in the clear, they were not. A Goldman Sachs building security guard actually saw them folding up their chutes and called the police. Well, at least we know Goldman Sachs has good security.
Four people, inculding the three jumpers and an accomplice, will to be charged with both trespassing and burglary.