Boy could face charges for jumping into Bass Pro Shops fish tank

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DENVER — A prank making the rounds on social media is catching the attention of the Denver Police Department as officers are investigating after a teen made waves at a local sporting goods store on Saturday.

Police said the apparent prank targeted the Stapleton Bass Pro Shops and its famous aquarium full of fish.

“It’s kind of stupid,” one customer said. “Why would you jump in?”

The latest in a series of pranks that have gone viral online encourage people to jump into aquariums from an upper bridge inside most Bass Pro Shops.

“You should have the level of mental development to understand, hey, this is not a good idea,” another customer said.

A teen jumped into the Stapleton location’s tank over the weekend and injured his head, according to police.

A store employee said he saw another teen taking video of the daring jump and that the suspect “cracked his skull on the rocks.”

“[Saturday] a teenage minor attempted to enter our aquarium as part of an intended prank. Our associates and security team quickly addressed the issue safely and without incident,” Bass Pro Shops said in a statement.

“We also appreciate the assistance of local law enforcement. Such occurrences are extremely rare and highly discouraged.

“We host more than 120 million visitors every year and provide a safe, fun experience for families who share our respect for wildlife.”

Police said the teen might face charges if he caused damage to the tank or fish.

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