PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) - Two thrill-seeking photographers who climbed to the top Philadelphia's nearly 400-foot-tall Ben Franklin Bridge were arrested early Tuesday because they set off motion detectors during their ascent, officials said.
"It naturally raises questions about the safety and security measures in place on a major thoroughfare," counter terrorism expert Ed Turzanski told FOX 29.
The pair, who wore all black clothing and carried backpacks full of camera gear, surrendered when a rescue team surrounded them atop one of the bridge's towers around 1 a.m., said John Hanson, CEO of Delaware River Port Authority, the agency that operates the bridge connecting downtown Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
He identified the climbers as Martin J. Romero-Clark, of New York City, and Andrew Lillibridge, of Toledo, Ohio. A search of their social media profiles shows multiple high-altitude images from around the world, including pictures from the tops of other bridges.
Hanson said they got to the top of the tower via the structure's suspension cables.
Romero-Clark and Lillibridge were charged with multiple felonies, Hanson said.
The road and the rail line that run along the bridge were closed off for more than an hour-and-a-half, Hanson said, adding that he couldn't recall another time when someone climbed to the top of the Ben Franklin Bridge to shoot photos.
Turzanski believes this lesson learned will bring security improvements.
"We have to get it right every single time. Those who mean to do us harm need to get it right once," Turzanski said.
Hanson says drivers also called in to alert police to the climbers, which is part of the DRPA's "Look up, speak up" program.
More charges may be added against the two men. The message from the DRPA to other would be climbers is"Don't do it".