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Booby traps endanger Utah hikers

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 01:03

April 24 - Two men are arrested for setting crude booby traps along a Utah hiking trail. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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A pleasant hiking trail in Utah has been turned into a deadly hurdle of hunting traps. A U.S. Forest Service officer discovered the dangerous contraptions in Provo Canyon after spotting a trip wire. Here, snapping the wire releases a spiked ball that swings across the path. The rock at its centre weighs nearly 20 pounds. Two suspects were arrested Saturday and will likely face reckless endangerment charges. 21-year-old Kai Matthew Christensen and 19-year-old Benjamen Steven Rutkowski say they were trying to catch wild animals with the traps. Residents are shocked. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MELISSA LEE, LOCAL RESIDENT SAYING: "It makes me sad that some people choose to do things that will hurt other people." (SOUNDBITE) (English) (Kade Miller, LOCAL Resident SAYING: "It definitely irritates me that someone would be trying to cause trouble and hurt people who are just trying to have a good time." Relieved local authorities say there have been no reports of injuries. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters.

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Booby traps endanger Utah hikers

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 01:03