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Parachuter hurt after leap from Md. radio tower

Police said a man was seriously injured after his parachute failed to fully deploy during a leap from a Crownsville radio tower — the second such BASE jumping incident in the D.C. area in less than a week.

Robert Scott Morgan, 25, of Fairfax, was transported to a local hospital with injuries to his lower body following the jump from the Maryland Public Television (MPT) tower, Anne Arundel County police said.

Morgan and an another man who witnessed the jump, Sean Michael Billington, 34, of Utah, were charged with trespassing, police said. Billington was also charged with making a false statement to officers.

The investigation revealed Morgan climbed the tower in the 1600 block of Hawkins Road and leapt around 2 a.m., police said. MPT officials said the tower is more than 1,000 feet tall.

Firefighters called to the scene found Morgan at the base of the tower, the Anne Arundel County fire department said. He was wearing parachuting equipment.

On Dec. 15, five people, including Morgan, were charged with trespassing after a woman parachuted from the WETA tower in Arlington shortly before 11 p.m., Arlington County police said.

The 48-year-old jumper, Kristin Stewart, of Connecticut, was injured after she got caught in a tree in the 5200 block of N. 19th Road and was transported to the hospital, police said.

Morgan declined to comment.

In BASE jumping, parachuters leap from fixed objects, such as buildings and briges. BASE is an acronym that stands for buildings, antennas, spans and earth.


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