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Boy Scout Leader Knocks Over 170 Million Year Old Utah Desert Rock Formation; Claims Rocks Were Dangerous (VIDEO)

By Rebeka Silva | Oct 18, 2013 05:36 PM EDT

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Two men may be charged after pushing a 170-year-old boulder to the ground. (Photo : Flickr)

Boy Scouts leader Glenn Taylor knocked over a 170 million-year-old rock formation in Utah while others film and cheer him on, the Associated Press reported.

Dave Hall, who is shooting the video, and Taylor were leading a group of 14-16-year-old boy scouts on a trip. Hall said the rock formation looked loose and dangerous, AP reported.

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"This is about saving lives," Hall told the AP on Friday. "One rock at a time."

Utah State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg said the rock formations at Goblin Valley State Park are over 170 million years old, and the "eerie, mushroom shaped sandstone formations can be found in the entire park," the AP reported.

The video was published on Facebook and shows Taylor pushing himself against the rock formation until it topples over. Others can be seen in the background cheering, will Hall laughs and saying "we have now modified Goblin Valley. A New Goblin Valley exists with this boulder down here at the bottom. .. some little kid was about to walk down here and die."

Glenn Hall, who is also a scoutmaster from Highland, said the boy scouts were jumping on the rock formations, and that's what made them realize they were loose, according to the AP. Hall then added "my conscience won't let me walk away knowing that kids could die," the AP reported.

"This is highly, highly inappropriate," Swalberg told the Salt Lake Tribune. "This is not what you do at state parks. It's disturbing and upsetting."

Taylor later told reporters he fel bad "because of his conscious."

Hall agreed with Taylor and said he wished they had contacted a park ranger, but did not wish they hadn't knocked it over, according to the AP.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith confirmed the men are members of the organization, saying in a statement that the organization is "shocked and disappointed by this reprehensible behavior," adding that Boy Scout troops spend countless hours in state and national parks, guided by the principle of leaving nature the way they find it, the AP reported.

"The isolated actions of these individuals are absolutely counter to our beliefs and what we teach.We are reviewing this matter and will take appropriate action," Smith said, the AP reported.

Swalberg said state park authorities are conducting a criminal investigation and deciding whether or not to press charges.


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