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Shirtless man causes Los Angeles traffic mess after climbing freeway sign to hang banners

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 14:07:31-04

(KGTV) - A man who appeared to be wearing only underwear or shorts scaled a freeway sign above Interstate 110 in the downtown Los Angeles area and hung banners from the edge, forcing the closure of freeway lanes during the busy morning commute.

Just after 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to reports of a shirtless man wearing what appeared to be shorts or underwear climbing the freeway sign above southbound 110 near Beaudry Avenue.

According to Los Angeles media outlets, the man hung banners that read “fight pollution not each other,” “give a hoot, don’t pollute” and a sign that said “Dephre.”

The incident forced the California Highway Patrol to shut down all southbound lanes, leading to a heavy traffic backup in the area during typically busy commuting hours.

At around 10 a.m., the man eventually jumped down from the overpass onto a giant air bag placed on the roadway by firefighters. He was taken into custody and freeway lanes were reopened.

There is no immediate word on what charges the man may face.