Windsor Man Scales Ambassador Bridge To Promote Band

Luke Heney was cited by Windsor police for criminal mischief.

WWJ News
September 16, 2019 - 6:25 pm
ambassador bridge

(photo: WWJ/Bill Szumanski)


WWJ -- A Canadian man was arrested over the weekend after scaling the Ambassador Bridge to promote his band.

Luke Heney of Windsor, Ontario, says he spent three hours on top of the bridge Saturday morning, hanging a banner to promote "Crossfire" -- the latest single by his band, called 1988 -- and also posting a series of videos and pictures to social media. A drone captured images of the 31-year-old Heney at the top.

Anybody know @mtvjesse @kyleforgeard from @Nelk? It was #ronaseason on the top of the #ambassadorbridge on Saturday. If this isn't a #fullsend for a Single release I don't know what is. #twomiddlefingers #corona #indierock -- - @elevnstudios

A post shared by 1 9 8 8 (@1988music) on

No one seemed to notice he had climbed all the way to the top of the international bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor across the Detroit River until he was on his way down. A construction worker spotted him and called police, who were waiting for him when he got to the bottom.

Heney was reportedly cited by Windsor police for climbing the bridge and is facing a criminal code charge of mischief. Police let him go, reportedly under the condition he would appear in court. Heney is prohibited from going near the Ambassador Bridge.

The stunt, which police called extremely dangerous, was all to promote his band. Heney said in an Instagram story video he's happy the band is getting recognition in the media.

Video recorded by a reporter for CKLW AM 800 shows Heney coming back down the bridge.

Heney made the climb from the Canadian side and did not use a harness. He later said in an Instagram video he is believed to be the first person to climb and descend the bridge without a harness.

The 7,500-foot-long bridge opened in 1929 and the towers stand nearly 400 feet above the water.