Five teen daredevils busted climbing NYC Williamsburg Bridge tower to make online videos

On Thursday, police reported that a group of five teenage boys were apprehended after attempting to climb the tower of the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City in hopes of gaining social media fame.

The group consisted of four 16-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy who were observed ascending the east tower near the Brooklyn side of the East River span at approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Several drivers who passed by became concerned and alerted authorities via 911. Despite an NYPD helicopter passing by, the teens were not detected.

However, an NYPD Emergency Service Unit team eventually scaled the tower and located the boys hiding in an access hatch at the top.

According to an NYPD source, the boys were capturing photos and videos with the intention of sharing them on social media.

The police brought all five boys to a stairway located inside the tower and escorted them back down to the ground level. There, they received summonses for criminal trespassing before being released to their parents.

This incident comes as law enforcement attempts to curb a surge in dangerous stunts among teenagers, driven by social media.

In February, a 15-year-old named Zackery Nazario died while subway surfing on a train that was crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, with his girlfriend witnessing the tragic incident.

Police believe he struck a low beam and fell between the cars, and was then struck by the train.

Earlier this month, two teens were apprehended while attempting to climb on top of a train with the intention of subway surfing.