Man scales Orlando station’s transmitter tower

A man climbed into a secure area and climbed up a television transmitter tower in Orlando.

  • WKMG, the market’s affiliate, is reporting that a man allegedly made it past a security ring around the transmitter, which sits next to the station’s studios and offices.
  • He then proceeded to climb the 400-foot tall tower, stopping after making it approximately 300 feet but eventually continuing.
  • Police have identified the man, who reportedly has a history of mental illness.
  • They are trying to communicate with him via bullhorn in an effort to get him down safely.
  • In its own online article about the incident, notes that it is not live images from the scene due to the unpredictable nature of the situation.
  • The station also notes that its own employees climb the tower for maintenance work, but always wear safety gear when doing so.
  • Because of this, the tower does have a built in “ladder” system.
  • TV station transmitter towers are typically very tall in order ensure the signals they send out (and, in some cases, receive from microwave trucks) can carry as far as possible.
  • Some TV station transmitters are located separately from the station’s building itself.
  • No matter where a tower is located, however, they are almost always surrounded by fencing or other type of barrier to prevent people from trying to climb them, which is obviously very dangerous.
Read full story »