10 Urban Sports That Might Get You Arrested


BASE Jumping

A BASE jumper steers his parachute after launching off the sky park at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Lionel Ng/Getty Images
A BASE jumper steers his parachute after launching off the sky park at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Lionel Ng/Getty Images

BASE jumping is like buildering meets skydiving, although you don't have to be in a city to do it. BASE is an acronym that stands for buildings, antenna, span (bridge), Earth, and parachuting off of any of these qualifies as BASE jumping [source: Burnett]. Unlike skydiving, BASE jumps tend to happen from much lower altitudes, which makes deploying the parachute in time trickier and the sport much more dangerous than skydiving.

BASE jumping is illegal in U.S. national parks, but at parks in other countries -- like Kjerag in Norway -- BASE jumpers can legally leap to their hearts' content [sources: Burnett, Trip to Kjerag].

The sport is illegal in almost all cities, because the jumper risks seriously injuring himself and pedestrians or motorists when he lands. In many cases, BASE jumpers illegally access the high points from which they're jumping by breaking and entering or trespassing. Two BASE jumpers were arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia after jumping off of the Cathedral of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul in November 2011 [source: The Telegraph].

Two Nashville men were arrested for felony reckless endangerment after BASE jumping off of the Sheraton hotel building there in early 2012 [source: Parriott]. The men deployed their chutes in time and were headed to their truck when police arrested them.

Since the law on all these urban sports varies by city or country, it's best to check out local laws before venturing out. At least you should know what you're getting into before you leap.

Author's Note: 10 Urban Sports that Might Get You Arrested

As I mentioned earlier, the urban sport that I've had the most exposure to is drag racing. I've never raced, but I used to always cringe on the stretch of I-95 where motorcycle racers would pass me closely on both sides in the middle of the night.

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