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Teen Sneaks To Top Of One World Trade Center Tower

A New Jersey teen managed to sneak up to the antenna atop One World Trade Center.
Posted at 4:52 PM, Mar 20, 2014

Looks like one New Jersey teen's mission to sneak up to the antenna on the top of One World Trade Center wasn't so impossible after all.

"The Port Authority is claiming that Justin Casquejo made it through a small hole to get into the area. He allegedly climbed up to the 104th floor, taking photos the whole time.​" (Via News 12 New Jersey)

A Port Authority spokesperson told the New York Daily News 16-year-old Casquejo broke past the construction fence surrounding the nation's tallest building around 4 a.m. on Sunday.

According to court documents, the teen told police he then scaled a scaffolding that surrounds the tower to get inside on the sixth floor. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Ad Meskens)

He says he then took the elevator to the 88th floor and took the staircase to the 104th floor, where he snuck past a sleeping private security guard.

And from there, Casquejo told police he "went to the rooftop and climbed the ladder all the way to the antenna." (Via Wikimedia Commons / Hakilon)

Authorities say they weren't able to nab the sneaky teen until almost two hours later as he was making his way back down.

According to ABC, a construction worker spotted him coming down from the massive building at about 6 a.m. and called police. He was later arrested, charged with trespassing and released.

When the New York Post asked for comment, Casquejo laughed it off: "Ha ha, oh yeah, that. Right. I would really love to talk to you guys because I have a lot that I want to say about it. I was told that I just can't [talk] without permission."

But a one-word post to his Twitter account the next day seemed to sum his escapade up pretty well: "Inspired."

Officials say they were pretty thrown by the break-in, but they hope this incident will help them patch up any holes in One World Trade Center's security. The tower is expected to open later this year.