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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — American flags are once again flying on top of the Brooklyn Bridge after someone replaced the flags sometime overnight with what appeared to be whitewashed or faded versions of Old Glory.
Emergency services officers scaled the bridge just before noon Tuesday to lower the flags that had been raised on the Manhattan and Brooklyn towers of the span.
From a distance, the flags appeared to be white, but video from the scene showed there was a hint of stars and stripes visible on the flags.
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Crowds gathered on the bridge and nearby sidewalks to watch as officers climbed the cables to take them down from the towers. Many New Yorkers and tourists alike were baffled.
“It’s some kind of peace or surrender movement, right? It’s weird though, it’s crazy someone could get up there without anybody knowing,” one man said.