Tourist takes jaw-dropping selfie on top of the Brooklyn Bridge

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Tourist Takes Jaw-Dropping Selfie On Top of The Brooklyn Bridge

By INSIDE EDITION

A tourist has sparked uproar after scaling the Brooklyn Bridge and snapping a jaw-dropping selfie.

The photo was taken amid security concerns ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. The NYPD says it will be "vigilant and prepared" for a possible terrorist attack over the holiday.

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David Karnauch, a University Of Tennessee engineering student who was visiting New York, posted the image to his Instagram page.

"It was spontaneous," he told INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander. "That is what I like to do for fun, get a little adrenaline rush."

Karnauch says he was on the pedestrian walkway of the bridge on Monday when he climbed an outer beam before anyone noticed.

He was just a few feet above traffic and used a selfie stick to snap his picture against the New York City skyline.

This is just the latest security breach at the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. A year ago, two German artists caused a scare when they replaced two American flags atop the towers of the bridge with massive white flags.

Check out this gallery of the incident last summer:

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Tourist takes jaw-dropping selfie on top of the Brooklyn Bridge
New York City Police officers stand at the base of a white flag flying atop the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners. Police crime scene and intelligence detectives were investigating how the flags were switched out on the famed span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and there were no reports of suspicious activity, police said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A New York City Police officer carries a bag with a white flag that was removed from atop the Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners. Police crime scene and intelligence detectives were investigating how the flags were switched out on the famed span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and there were no reports of suspicious activity, police said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A white flag flies atop the west tower of New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners. Police crime scene and intelligence detectives were investigating how the flags were switched out on the famed span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and there were no reports of suspicious activity, police said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
New York City Police officers descend a cable of New York's Brooklyn Bridge after they lowered a white flag that was flying atop the bridge's west tower, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners. Police crime scene and intelligence detectives were investigating how the flags were switched out on the famed span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and there were no reports of suspicious activity, police said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
New York City Police officers lower a white flag flying atop the west tower of New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners. Police crime scene and intelligence detectives were investigating how the flags were switched out on the famed span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and there were no reports of suspicious activity, police said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Police stop along the Brooklyn Bridge following the discovery of a pair of white flags that appeared overnight atop the two towers of the Brooklyn Bridge replacing the American flags on July 22, 2014 in New York City. Police are investigating the incident which turned one of New York's iconic pieces of architecture into a police investigation scene as hundreds of curious people looked on. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Police walk along the Brooklyn Bridge following the discovery of a pair of white flags that appeared overnight atop the two towers of the Brooklyn Bridge replacing the American flags on July 22, 2014 in New York City. Police are investigating the incident which turned one of New York's iconic pieces of architecture into a police investigation scene as hundreds of curious people looked on. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Police stop along the Brooklyn Bridge following the discovery of a pair of white flags that appeared overnight atop the two towers of the Brooklyn Bridge replacing the American flags on July 22, 2014 in New York City. Police are investigating the incident which turned one of New York's iconic pieces of architecture into a police investigation scene as hundreds of curious people looked on. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Police stop along the Brooklyn Bridge following the discovery of a pair of white flags that appeared overnight atop the two towers of the Brooklyn Bridge replacing the American flags on July 22, 2014 in New York City. Police are investigating the incident which turned one of New York's iconic pieces of architecture into a police investigation scene as hundreds of curious people looked on. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 29: The Brooklyn Bridge, designed by John Roebling, New York, United States. Aerial view. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
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And the previous year, three skydivers shared startling footage after jumping off One World Trade Center when it was under construction.

On the latest incident, the NYPD says in a statement: "The person most endangered was the individual whose goal seems to be bringing attention to himself.

"It was however, irresponsible and illegal. Had the officers patrolling the bridge arrived while he was there, he would have been arrested, as others have been."

Karnauch said he wanted to apologize to the NYPD for the criticism they had received for the breach.

"It's definitely going to make me think twice before I do something like that again," he told INSIDE EDITION.

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