Prosecutor Gets Report On Scout Leaders Who Toppled 170 Million Year-Old Rock Formation (VIDEO)

Utah investigators have filed their report on two adult Boy Scout leaders who filmed themselves knocking over an approximately 170-million-year-old rock formation in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park in October, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The video, posted to Facebook and obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune, showed the men toppling a formation known as a “goblin,” and cheering after the rocks fell. 

Emery County Attorney David Blackwell recieved the report and said he is weighing possible criminal charges, though according to the AP he said he is struggling to find anything in Utah state law that addresses how to prosecute the toppling of a rock formation. 

Blackwell is expected to make a decision on the case next week, according to the Associated Press. 


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