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Criminal charges possible against Oregon 'Duckbill' vandals

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Andrew V. Pestano
A famed Oregon sandstone formation called The Duckbill was pushed off a cliff by a group of visitors to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, who could face fines and criminal charges. Photo by Oregon State Parks/Facebook
A famed Oregon sandstone formation called "The Duckbill" was pushed off a cliff by a group of visitors to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, who could face fines and criminal charges. Photo by Oregon State Parks/Facebook

PACIFIC CITY, Ore., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Oregon officials could give out fines of at least $435 and file criminal charges against a group of visitors-turned-vandals who destroyed "The Duckbill" iconic natural sandstone pedestal in the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

The fines would be administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Oregon State Police will determine whether criminal charges will be filed, The Oregonian reports.

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"Rules prohibit visitors from destroying natural features intentionally," state parks spokesman Chris Havel said, adding that the sandstone pedestal was in a dangerous part of the park. "There's a reason there's a fence."

Officials first believed the pedestal succumbed to natural causes but a recent viral video shows the formation was deliberately destroyed.

"The rubble serves as a sobering reminder of the ever-present dangers of our fragile coastal rocks and cliffs," Oregon State Parks wrote on its Facebook page.

The Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, a 138-acre state park along the Oregon coast, has about 45 million visitors each year.

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