A 15-year-old suffered broken bones after falling several meters while trying to scale Scitech’s house in West Perth.
The teenager broke both wrists and her pelvis when she fell almost ten meters through a plastic skylight at around 11pm on Sunday. Police and emergency services were called.
She was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, where she was also apparently checked for neck and spinal injuries.
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The girl was one of three teenagers who were believed to have attempted to climb the dome structure before she made a misstep and fell.
Several people have taken to TikTok in recent months with videos of themselves – more successfully – climbing the same building.
One was just last weekend when Police Commissioner Col Blanch said he was aware of the security breach.
Blanch said police had worked with management on a plan that would include barriers so such an intrusion would be “far more difficult.”
Scitech’s home in the City West building, a neighborhood of shops and services, is particularly attractive to urban explorers because of the illuminated dome structure directly off the highway.
The dome, which measures 20m wide and 10m high and is sometimes referred to as the “Scitech dome”, was upgraded in 2022 with 2,000 new LED lights, an upgrade that has since enticed some people to take a closer look to throw inside.
It’s part of a social media trend called “Urbexing,” in which people explore buildings and structures and ignore “No Trespassing” signs.
The sites are generally abandoned or derelict, but the popular City West building shows that people are interested in exploring a little further.
In August, police warned parents about teenagers trespassing on rides and slides at a Perth water park after increasing reports of break-ins.
On social media, some bragged that it was “easy” to get into Adventure World in Bibra Lake.
As with the dome, adventure seekers took to social media to share their visions of their visits to the empty park.
In one video, a person films himself going through the Kraken, a $7 million waterslide that opened in 2015.
In another clip shared on TikTok and liked hundreds of times, a group walks the same ride and explores other sections of the park, describing it as “sick as hell.”