People gather to watch man taken down from tower

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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 8/17/2011 12:38 am Published: 8/16/2011 9:06 pm

On the sixth day, he finally came down.  More than 127 hours on top of a 300-foot-tower,

25-year-old William Sturdivant is on the ground and in stable condition at the hospital.

This story turned into a phenomenon and onlookers kept a vigil on William.

Whether they were driving by in cars or standing near the tower, behind the police tape,

everyone was looking up at William, who for days, wouldn't come down from the tower.

They looked. They watched. They gawked.

All for the same reason - curiousity.

6 days he's been there, hanging on.

William Sturdivant climbed up the tower outside FOX23 studios Thursday morning. On the following Tuesday,  Tulsa police brought in a top-notch negotiator.

"I don't know how he's been up there all this time," said one man.

"He's dangling. It's sad to watch," said a woman.

And the people just keep coming to watch. 

Traffic backed up on Memorial. The Whataburger had a record-breaking week in sales.

People turned a crisis into a spectacle.

"We've never had anything like this in Tulsa," a woman said.

"It's ridiculous, like a train wreck, gotta stop and look for a minute," said one man as he drove through the parking lot.

And then finally, William decides it's time. The negotiator brings him down.

And the people watching, some who had been there for hours and even days, rejoiced.

"When I saw him get in the bucket, I was jumping and praise the Lord," one woman exclaimed.

"I'm next to tears," another woman said. "He's down, and he can get help."

"I'm just glad they got him home safe," said one man who was sitting in his truck and smiling.

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truckhounddog - 8/17/2011 11:55 AM
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could have watched fox news and that would have been just as boring lol

AmandaJF - 8/17/2011 7:57 AM
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Like what? Go watch golf? I would rather watch a man on a tower or maybe a turtle race - tough choice.

golfguy - 8/17/2011 7:45 AM
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What a total and complete waste of time, resources and taxpayer money. If you don't have anything better to do than watch someone sit on a tower, you might want to get a life.
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