Utah Men May Face Charges For Toppling 170 Million Year Old Rock Formation (VIDEO)

Three adult Boy Scout leaders may face charges for toppling an approximately 170-million-year-old rock formation in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday.

The men, named on the Tribune YouTube page as Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor, filmed themselves knocking over one of the formations known as “goblins,” and cheering after the rocks came down. The video was posted to Facebook and obtained by the Tribune.

“Some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die and Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way,” the person taping the event is heard saying in the video. “So it’s all about saving lives here at Goblin Valley.”

Glenn Taylor, who toppled the formation, told FOX 13 News he regrets his actions.

“I wish we would have been smart enough to go get a ranger cause it was wrong of us to be vigilantes, and I’m sorry I did that,” he said. The matter will go before the Boy Scouts, according to FOX 13. “If you’re a felon, you can’t be a scouter and that would break my heart, but I did the crime,” Taylor said. 

Utah State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg called the incident “disturbing and upsetting,” and told the Tribune a criminal investigation is underway.

 

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