Mayor says TikTok’s dangerous stunt in Niagara Falls is a ‘bad idea’

The Niagara Parks Police Department said it is investigating a « selfie » social media post depicting an individual posing dangerously near the largest of three falls in Ontario’s tourist destination.

The TikTok video was posted by user « Phantabae » on Thursday and shows a person performing a number of position changes over a retaining wall and tumbling falls.

« An investigation into the matter is ongoing, » Parks Police said in a statement.

« A conviction for participating in a stunt contrary to the Niagara Parks Act may result in a fine of up to $10,000. »

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Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati called the « waterfall » a « really bad idea. »

« That kind of stunting is exactly what we don’t need here in Niagara Falls, » Diodati said.

The mayor suggested the stunt is similar to a 2011 incident in which a young woman scaled a railing with an umbrella and was killed when a gust of wind blew her into the falls.

« So this stuff sets a bad example for kids and they think it’s about getting more views on social media, » Diodati remarked.

« It’s really unfortunate where it’s happening and that kind of stuff isn’t the kind of exposure we’re looking for. »

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So far, there is no indication when the video may have actually been shot.

Niagara Regional Police say they are aware of the post and are also involved in the investigation.

Neither police department says charges or arrests have been made at this point.

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