As if we don’t all have enough to worry about…
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a scary incident that took place on forestland about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. It seems two booby traps were found off a popular hiking trail that were more than capable of killing any unsuspecting hiker that might have been unfortunate enough to come across them.
One trap featured a ground wire that, if tripped, would have sent a 20-lb. boulder, outfitted with multiple foot-long wooden spikes, swinging at approximately head level across the trail. Picture a 20-lb. sea urchin whacking into your skull at high velocity and you get the general idea. The other trap was designed to trip a hiker into a bed of wooden stakes. As mentioned above, the two traps were more than capable of inflicting fatal injuries to passers-by.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Department said that two men had been arrested and charged with “suspicion of misdemeanor reckless endangerment.” The men claimed that the traps were intended for wildlife but authorities are not buying that story.
The actual location of the traps was not given in the article I came across. It is merely stated that the traps were located by a U.S. Forest Service officer who was out patrolling an area about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. That being the case, I would guess the traps were located somewhere in the Wasatch National Forest.
Be careful out there, people.