Base Jumper Parachutes From London's Shard Skyscraper, Media Say

  • Parachutist lands in street before running away from scene
  • Eyewitnesses record images of man's descent from tower

A man parachuted on Saturday morning from the 1,016-feet Shard skyscraper in central London, the tallest building in the European Union, newspapers reported.

The Daily Telegraph cited witnesses as saying that the man jumped from the building and fell for a few seconds, before opening his parachute and landing. The Guardian posted a video and photographs on its website showing a man descending with the help of a green parachute and landing amid the traffic in a street below the building, which was inaugurated in July 2012.

The Shard

Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

After landing, the man gathered up his parachute and ran away. The Daily Telegraph said London’s Metropolitan Police were called to the scene mid-morning on Saturday but no-one was arrested.

“He was moving quite fast and kind of swinging or swaying from side to side,” the Sun newspaper cited eyewitness Brian Smith as saying. “He landed in the road here and sprinted off and that was it, everyone around just looked around and laughed.”

The Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper, which houses businesses including Tiffany & Co., Gruppo Campari and the Al Jazeera media network as well as several restaurants and a luxury hotel, has viewing galleries open to the public on floors 68, 69 and 72. In the past, several daredevils have claimed to have jumped from the skyscraper, including during its construction.

After its 2012 opening, Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II, abseiled down the side of the building to raise funds for several charities. “The difficult bit was stepping out over the edge,” he told the BBC television at the time.

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