Pranksters hang auto from Toronto overpass

A car found dangling by cables from a bridge near the Don Valley Parkway turns out to be part of a movie shoot

Toronto police are still scratching their heads over who is behind a burned-out, empty auto found dangling from cables on the Leaside Bridge in Toronto on Wednesday morning.

"We thought it was an actual accident", one cyclist told CTV News Toronto.

Police initially chalked it up to a movie shoot, but later said no such filming was authorized.

Police say they will be looking into the background of the vehicle, but now believe it was intended as a prank. Caroline de Kloet said in a release Wednesday afternoon.

Toronto emergency services first got the call just after 7 a.m.

City of Toronto spokesperson Wynna Brown also confirmed that the city did not issue a permit in relation to the stunt. One right lane of the southbound Don Valley Parkway was blocked due to emergency vehicles in the area.

The sedan dangled 650 feet away from a busy parkway.

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He said crews managed to get the vehicle on the ground just before 10 a.m. - about three hours after the initial call came in.

Mayor John Tory was equally perplexed when he saw the auto just dangling in the breeze. Twitter user John Gilmour tweeted, "Did they get a permit or can anyone just leave a vehicle unattended dangling from beneath a bridge in Toronto?".

"Obviously someone had intentionally put it up there, because it was tied to a winch system", said Capt. Adrian Ratushniak with Toronto Fire Services, who described the auto as a four-door sedan similar to a Honda Civic.

"When I was shown the pictures I was just shaking my head in disbelief that it could have happened", he said.

The prank theory is not unfounded.

If the dangling auto turns out to have been a prank, it would not be without precedent - such incidents are nearly annual tradition at the University of British Columbia's engineering school.

Students at both the University of Toronto and Ryerson University have denied any involvement.

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