CLEVELAND (WJW/News Nation) — Bystanders took video as multiple people with parachutes jumped from a downtown Cleveland building, with one slamming into the side and dangling from the edge.
Bystanders said they were astonished when they saw what they described as a base jumpers parachuting off the building early Sunday morning.
Lexi Sepulveda said her cousin, Christopher Colon, pulled out his cell phone and began recording as more base jumpers began parachuting off the building.
“By the time he landed, I was like, ‘Is that a parachute? Did he really just parachute off of the building?’ and a couple more came after that,” Sepulveda said.
The following video may be disturbing to some viewers:
Four of the jumpers landed safely, but witnesses were stunned as the fifth jumper slammed into the Reserve Square Building complex on the way down, his parachute caught on the edge of the building, leaving him dangling 40 feet above the pavement.
“We saw him go down really, really fast and then it was smack, just bad,” said Lexi Sepulveda. “My reaction was kind of closed my eyes. I was actually genuinely scared at first, but then once I saw him moving, it kind of, a sigh of relief for a second.”
The jumper remained dangling on the edge of the building until firefighters arrived. He was safely rescued and was taken to the hospital with a broken bone.
The man told police he and his friends had jumped from an airplane, but witnesses told police that the man and the other parachutists had jumped from a building.