Editor’s Note: I’d like to believe that a patriot pulled this off as a wake-up call, as if to say, “Is America just going to give up?”
Authorities are investigating after two white flags mysteriously replaced the Stars and Stripes on the Brooklyn Bridge this morning.
Read more from FoxNews.com below, and watch Trace Gallagher’s report above.
John Miller, the city’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said at an afternoon press conference that the lights illuminating the flags flickered around 3 a.m. just before the switch, and that the locks affixed to the gates on top of the bridge were still in place, suggesting that the perpetrators had a background in climbing training.
But the motive for the act remained unclear.
“At this time, it appears (the act) has no particular nexus to terrorism,” Miller said. “This may be somebody’s art project, or may be an attempt to make some kind of statement. But it’s not clear what that statement is.”
Miller said that security video shows that four or five people in a group, “and some other individuals,” were seen climbing the bridge shortly after 3 a.m. Around 3:30 a.m., the light that normally illuminates the flag on the Brooklyn side of the bridge flickered, then appeared to go out. It appeared that aluminum pans were used to cover the lights.
He added that there was a 13-minute gap between the two flags going up, which he said was “suggestive” that two individuals, or two teams of individuals, were responsible.