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Telling people not to jump out of their windows seems like reinforcing common sense, but in snow-ravaged Boston, stir-crazy residents don’t seem to be heeding the advice.
With massive amounts of snow layered across the city, many residents have been posting video of themselves on social media jumping from windows into snow banks with the hashtag #BostonBlizzardChallenge — an act that even has the mayor incredulous.
“I’m asking people to stop their nonsense right now. These are adults jumping out windows,” Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said during a Tuesday press conference on snow removal, according to the Boston Herald. “It’s a foolish thing to do and you could kill yourself.”
Boston has seen a near-record 96 inches of snow to date this winter, a total that looks to increase sooner rather than later. With snow removal already proving to be a problem in the city, Walsh reiterated that the possibility of amateur daredevils getting hurt is not an issue emergency workers want to face.
“We’re asking people to act responsibly in the city of Boston,” Walsh said. “This isn’t [New Hampshire ski resort] Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston, where we’re trying to remove snow off of the street and it becomes very dangerous. And the last thing we want to do is respond to an emergency call where somebody jumped out of the window because they thought it was a funny thing to do.”