Canada students fail to engineer car-dangling prank

Mon Feb 2, 2009 3:09pm EST
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A botched university prank to suspend a car from a Vancouver bridge on Monday has left five engineering students facing criminal charges.

The University of British Columbia students were caught as they tried to lower the shell of a Volkswagen Beetle from the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge during the night.

However, the cables eventually failed, sending the car plunging into the waters of Vancouver harbor.

There were no injuries, but the students were arrested, with police recommending they be charged with criminal mischief causing more than C$5,000 in damages.

The dangling-car prank has become an annual tradition to publicize the university's engineering week. In one incident in 2001, a car was secretly suspended from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, causing a massive traffic jam.

(Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson)