Giant chess pieces chucked from rooftop of DC apartment building

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It was checkmate for a roof-top chess set Monday after a group of people chucked giant game pieces off of an apartment building's roof in Washington D.C. (WLS)

It was checkmate for a roof-top chess set Monday after a group of people chucked giant game pieces off of an apartment building's roof in Washington D.C.

No one got hit by the massive chess pieces, but there was significant damage on the street below.

Investigators believe the suspects snuck into the building, discovered the rooftop chess set, and proceeded to play a dangerous and destructive game.

"They said, 'Watch out there's stuff coming off the roof,'" a witness said.

It was a chaotic scene near 2nd and I streets early Monday evening.

Peter Likus thinks they were trying to hit his dog but missed and hit metal.

"Just a loud explosion. Dog ran into the apartment. We thought it was a car accident. We came out and looked, and nope this, is what we found. And that's when the chess pieces started flying off the roof," Likus said.

D.C. police believe four suspects launched the chess pieces into the street eleven stories below, smashing car windshields.
WJLA reports the chess pieces weigh about 15 pounds each and dozens of them were hurled down.

"Both sides of the sidewalk were packed," Likus said. "So anybody could have been struck."

Likus said police told him they believe the suspects followed a resident into the Senate Square Apartments.

"So, obviously these kids went straight up to the roof, wanted to see what was up there and decided to have some fun. And this was their fun," he said.

D.C. police said the four suspects got away, and no arrests have been made.
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