Man Climbs KTLA Tower, Refuses to Come Down


He climbed 80 feet up the 160-foot-high tower.

A man climbed the KTLA tower on Wednesday and refused to come down for over three hours.

The Los Angeles news channel — and several bystanders — provided real-time updates via Twitter when the man, wearing a green Boston Celtics sweatshirt and baseball cap, climbed 80 feet up the 160-foot-high tower, prompting a closure on Sunset Boulevard near Bronson Ave. in Hollywood.

The man started climbing at 4:45 p.m. PT and after an hour of refusing to come down, rescue personnel had placed inflatable air cushions at the base of the tower.

Around 8 p.m., after requesting water and a cell phone and refusing help from the authorities, he decided to climb down on his own.

This isn't the first time someone has climbed the iconic news tower. In 2011, a man was taken into custody after refusing to come down for over an hour. 

Updates from the three-hour-plus standoff as they came in are below.

8:30 p.m. PT: Updated