Either the borough of Brooklyn is surrendering to Manhattan or there are some VERY sneaky pranksters running around New York right now!
City police are absolutely stumped how anyone was able to climb the Brooklyn Bridge and replace the two American flags that normally fly atop the landmark’s towers with two white flags!
Authorities today revealed that surveillance video captured a group of four or five people walking onto the bridge around 3AM early Monday morning.
Then, at around 3:30AM, the lights that usually illuminate the top of the bridge suddenly flickered and then went out completely!
As the sun rose over the East River, construction workers noticed the white flags flying above the Brooklyn Bridge at 5:30AM. That’s when police became involved.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke about the incident at a press conference, saying:
"I'm not particularly happy about the event.”
Investigators don’t suspect any terrorist ties or even any political affiliation. Deputy Commissioner John Miller spoke about his team’s ongoing investigation, explaining:
"It could be someone's art project or a statement, but it's not clear what that statement is. [We’re] not sure if this is Betsy Ross' long lost nephew doing extensive work.”
While Betsy’s long lost nephew is theory #1, another lead they're following is whether this was an inside job from workers who have experience in and around the bridge!
"When Emergency Services went up this morning, the gates were still up and locked. For someone to go around it and go up to the tower and have right size cover to put over the light, there's some indication of pre-operational planning.”
Hmm. The plot thickens!
The white flags have since been removed and the Stars and Stripes are back up over the Big Apple. But will we ever know who wanted to wave the white flags of surrender over the U.S.'s biggest city?
Stay tuned, Perezcious readers!
[Image via AP Images.]
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