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Vandals Caught On Video Toppling Ancient Oregon Rock Formation

The Oregon State Police are investigating.

07/09/2016 3:44 AM IST | Updated 07/09/2016 3:56 AM IST
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The iconic rock formation stood guard over Oregon’s Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area for thousands of years.

A group of vandals toppled it in mere seconds.

Bystander David Kalas captured the group on video, recording as they pushed over the iconic sandstone pedestal known as the “Duckbill” on Aug. 29.

“I thought there was no way that they could knock it down, but then I noticed that it started wobbling,” Kalas told Oregon Live. He said he confronted the group afterward and they defended their actions, calling the rock a “safety hazard.”

Here’s what the rock looked like before vandals got ahold of it:

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And here it is after:

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department via ASSOCIATED PRESS
This undated photo shows a natural rock formation that was found in pieces last week at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

The formation stood 7 to 10 feet across ― large and stable enough to support the weight of several people at once ― and was fenced off from public access, per The Associated Press.

The area’s sandstone dates back at least 18 million years, Oregon Parks and Recreation Associate Director Chris Havel told ABC News. The duckbill formation’s age is slightly harder to date but is ― or at least, was ― “thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands years old.”

Aided by the video, Oregon State Police are investigating the incident and “will review the incident immediately and decide how best to respond,” Oregon State Parks said in a statement. “The department takes vandalism of a state park’s natural features seriously.”

In 2013, Utah considered felony charges for several Boy Scout leaders who were caught on camera toppling rocks in the state’s Goblin Valley State Park. The men were identified and charged with third-degree felonies.

Watch video of the vandals toppling the rock in Oregon, below (warning: contains adult language):

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