Toronto police are asking the public to help identify a woman seen in an Instagram video allegedly throwing a chair off a highrise balcony toward the Gardiner Expressway below.
The video, which was widely shared online Sunday, shows an unidentified woman pick up a folding chair and toss it over the rail hundreds of feet in the air. The video follows the chair as it hurtles toward the busy expressway and ends just before it hits the ground.
The short video clip appears to have been filmed by a second person, who does not appear on screen.
In a Monday news release, police said the video was filmed at 10 a.m. Saturday in the area of Harbour and York Sts., and that other items were thrown from the balcony as well. The items landed near the entrance to a condo building, police said.
The woman is wanted for mischief, endanger life, police said. She is described as in her 20s, five-foot-one to five-foot-two, 110 pounds, with a slim build and long blond hair. She was wearing a black leather jacket, black clothing and black high heels in the video.
The video sparked a viral thread when it was posted to Reddit late Sunday night. Many people called for consequences for the chair-thrower and filmer — and expressed incredulity that anyone could be so careless.
“Honestly as someone who lives in one of these buildings, I’m terrified of anything accidentally, somehow making it off my balcony and hitting someone below,” Reddit user RadiumKing commented.
Another Reddit user posted a photo of two broken chairs on the ground in the area that appear to match the one from the video. The user told the Star they found the chairs at the northeast corner of Lake Shore Blvd. and York St. just after 8:10 a.m. Monday.
Jack Hauen is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @jackhauen