A base jumper tried to fool onlookers he was plunging to his death after jumping off a 40-storey building.
Witnesses screamed as the man tipped over the edge and plummeted towards the ground. But seconds later they breathed a sigh of relief when he opened his yellow parachute and they realized it was all a trick.
Mobile phone footage captured the moment shocked onlookers spotted the man teetering on the edge of the building in the city of Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province. They gasped as he got dangerously close to the edge – but seconds later realized he was a base jumper.
The footage has since been viewed more than two million times after being uploaded onto social media. But the man could be in trouble after his controversial hobby went viral, as base jumping – an acronym for “building, antenna, span and earth” – is illegal in major Chinese cities because it is viewed as a risk to public safety.
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