Teen’s Addiction To Getting High Could Land Him In Trouble


One New Jersey teen is taking thrill-seeking adventures to a whole new level, and some New York City firefighters are saying it’s time for him to stop before someone gets hurt.

Justin Casquejo, 18, of Weehawken, New Jersey, has a thing about skyscrapers – he likes to climb them.  Calling himself “limitless”, the teen and his friends have posted photos of themselves on Instagram this past year climbing buildings in Times Square, Columbus Circle, and near the Empire State Building.

In March 2014 Casquejo and a friend broke into 1 World Trade Center area, which was under construction, and climbed to the top of it, posting video of themselves dangling from the scaffolding by one arm, hundreds of feet in the air.   They had crawled through a hole in the fence, passed a sleeping guard, and went straight to the top.

The boys got what amounted to a slap on the wrist for the stunt.   Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin said she was impressed by their “sincerity and remorsefulness” and sentenced them to 30 days of community service, ordered them to undergo counseling and to write a 1,200-word essay on the risks of their actions.

Only two weeks later, Casquejo was arrested for trying to climb a 175-foot brick water town in his hometown.



At the time Casquejo pulled the stunt, questions were raised about the very obvious and very serious security breach.



h/t:  New York Post

Below are some of Casquejo’s instagram posts of his climbing stunts:





On the NYCFireWire blog, a NYFD official wrote:

“An urban explorer posts videos on youtube of his tresspassing adventure into Manhattan’s High Rises and puts himself into precarious positions just for the thrill of it. Unfortunately, those that must respond in the event he should become trapped or injured on one of these journeys, don’t see the thrill the way he does. This puts responders in a position they are trained for, but never wish to have to execute. Should the thrill seekers selfish acts fail, it will tie up highly trained technical rescue resources and put members at risk of their own.

His events call to question the integrity of the security hired to secure the buildings he gained access to. This leaves NYC’s huge buildings vulnerable. In this day in age, this is completely unacceptable.”


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