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Brooklyn Bridge Flags: Police Hunt Climbers
Police are viewing video footage they believe could solve the mystery of two white flags which appeared on New York's Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of the night.
Police say the video shows "four or five" unidentified people walking across the bridge just after 3am.
Moments later the light on the bridge's Brooklyn tower is shielded and the tower goes dark. Then the same thing happens to the light on the Manhattan tower.
Police later discovered the lights had been covered with aluminium foil.
The locked gates on the cables leading to the top of the towers were not tampered with suggesting the flags were replaced by experienced climbers who scaled the towers themselves to reach the top.
The new flags were spotted by construction workers at 5.30am but it is not clear exactly what time they were raised and police remain puzzled by their appearance.
The new flags had a faint stars and stripes pattern, as if the original flags had been bleached.
A witness told WCBS they flags might have been put there as "some kind of peace or surrender movement".
He added: "It's weird, though. It's crazy that somebody could get up there without anybody knowing."
Tourist Johan Lund from Sweden had to look twice when he crossed the bridge yesterday morning.
"Wasn't there an American flag there yesterday?" he said to himself.
Officers scaled the bridge and lowered the new flags and by early afternoon two new American flags could be seen fluttering on top of the bridge towers once more.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most heavily secured landmarks in the city and is constantly monitored by surveillance cameras.
The flags fly from above the pillars all year round and are replaced by transportation workers every two months when they become frayed.