PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) —A few Oregon State Parks visitors are coming under heavy scrutiny after a video showing them knocking over a popular sandstone rock formation has gone viral.
Oregon State Parks officials originally said they didn’t think the break at the site frequented by tourists was caused by humans.
But the video obtained by KATU-TV and other news sources shows visitors pushing the Cape Kiwanda structure until it crumbled to the ground on August 29.
Warning: This video contains graphic language.
David Kalas says he was helping a friend film part of the coast with his drone when they noticed about eight people trying to push the pedestal down. Kalas says he started recording when it began wobbling.
A call to Oregon State Parks for comment on Monday went unanswered.
Users began posting pictures of the rock, known as “The Duckbill,” to social media Saturday, using the hashtag #ripthatpnwrock.
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I was saddened to hear #thatpnwrock had crumbled, then infuriated to learn it was pushed down on purpose. What frustrates me more, however, is the people who sat and watched it happen without attempting to intervene. Always remember: you have a voice. Use it. #ripthatpnwrock