SAN FRANCISCO — The Pacific Stock Exchange, observing that the stock market was "going down the tubes" earlier this week, asked for a special suicide watch on the Golden Gate Bridge, the bridge district reported. But the stock exchange denied that any such request was made.
The telephone call came Monday, when the Dow Jones industrial index took a 508-point drop, bridge district Lt. Roger Ules said.
Unlike the 1929 crash, when some ruined investors leaped from windows, there were no jumpers.
No one tried to leap from the bridge, "and, as matter of fact, it was real quiet," Ules added. The bridge has been a notorious magnet for suicides.
"We got a call from the stock exchange, indicating that the stock market was going down the tubes and there were fears that some brokers might take a header off the bridge, and they asked us to increase security," Ules said.