With California's amusement parks closed due to the pandemic, two 19-year-olds took it upon themselves to enjoy LA's Six Flags Magic Mountain early, break into the park, and climb the 300-foot Sky Tower attraction.
The LA Daily News reported that two local men – Riley Birchfield of Saugus and Dylan Godoy of Valencia – were accused of breaking into Magic Mountain on or about August 12th. When they got to their seat, they allegedly celebrated by filming themselves spraying the inside of the observation deck with fire extinguishers dangling from its edge, pouring gallons of paint on the center of the Sky Tower, and objects 30 stories deep on top of the Threw ground. The Sky Tower was built in 1970 and opened when the park opened in 71. It has been closed to the public for several years.
The stunt was a rooftop exercise, the less impressive offshoot of BASE jumping, where adrenaline junkies without the parachutes climb towers, antennas, and other big things to create social media posts. In this case, TikTok accessed the video because it violated the platform's community standards.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's MPs arrested the duo on August 28 on suspicion of vandalism, which cost more than $ 3,000. Unfortunately for the alleged vandals, the folks at Magic Mountain didn't think their stunt was very funny.
"Six Flags Magic Mountain has no tolerance for this type of behavior and we are prosecuted to the full extent of the law," a park spokeswoman told the Daily News. "The safety of our employees and parks has the highest priority even during this closure."
"Children just don't realize how serious these pranks are," said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles sheriff's department. "Unfortunately bad judgment, bad decision."
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