Thrillseekers to participate in West Virginia’s Bridge Day

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FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) – Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day festival.

Saturday’s event is the one day a year that it’s legal to jump off the 876-foot high span across the New River Gorge.

Hundreds of BASE jumpers are registered to do just that. The acronym BASE stands for the places from which jumpers usually leap: buildings, antennae, spans and earth.

More than 80,000 people are expected to walk across the bridge. Rappellers also will make their way from a catwalk under the bridge to the water below, and some participants will make a controlled descent on a tethered cable from the catwalk.

The New River Gorge Bridge, the third-highest bridge in the United States, opened in 1977. Bridge Day started three years later.

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