An unidentified man climbed the KTLA-TV television tower in the nation’s second-largest television market, Los Angeles.
He said he believes society should “return back [sic] to a state of nature.”
A few hours later, he descended the tower and police, not surprisingly, took him away for a mental health evaluation.
Unlike the man who climbed a Tulsa TV tower and perched there for six days, this guy only went up less than a hundred feet and was only on the tower for a little more than an hour.
But in this case, there was a twist: police say they think he’s the same man they arrested on Monday after he pitched a tent under the tower and used a bullhorn to yell at passersby.
One wonders why KTLA-TV doesn’t have a way to keep people away from its tower, and why station management wasn’t able to immediately come up with one after the first incident.
I’ve never worked for a station that didn’t have at least a chain link fence around any broadcast tower it utilized, even a secondary tower. At least one had rows of barbed wire above the top of the fence itself. I can’t imagine that this is a foreign concept, particularly in a world where the threat of liability should have forced management to seal off the tower like it was the marker for some buried treasure.