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Two parachutists arrested after jumping from unfinished Devon tower in Oklahoma City

Two men were arrested by Oklahoma City police Sunday on trespassing complaints when they parachuted from the Devon tower. Bo Jack Baxter, 29, and Waylon Clay Litchfield, 34, were booked into Oklahoma County jail on trespassing complaints, Oklahoma City police Lt. Don Holland said.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: April 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm •  Published: April 24, 2011

Two parachuters were arrested early Sunday morning after they jumped off the unfinished Devon tower, police said.

Bo Jack Baxter, 29, and Waylon Clay Litchfield, 34, were booked into Oklahoma County jail on trespassing complaints, Oklahoma City police Lt. Don Holland said.

Both men were released from jail Sunday.

Security at the Devon tower alerted police that two men with parachuting equipment were inside the tower about 2:40 a.m. A city police officer who witnessed both men jumping from the building arrested them once they safely reached the ground, Holland said.

Devon tower, which is being built in downtown Oklahoma City, will be 50 stories tall when it is complete. Construction reached the 41st floor about a week ago. It is not known which floor the parachuters leaped from, but many of the lower floors already are enclosed with glass.

The practice of parachuting from fixed objects is also known as B.A.S.E. jumping. The acronym stands for buildings, antenna, spans — or bridges — and earth, according to the website BASEjumper.com.

Holland was unaware of any city ordinances or state statutes prohibiting B.A.S.E jumping, but said in his three years working the Bricktown division, he'd only heard of two other incidents occurring downtown.

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