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2 Utah men busted after setting medieval-style booby traps

Two Utah men are facing charges of reckless endangerment after allegedly setting medieval-style booby traps near a popular hiking trail. KSL-TV's Sandra Yi reports.

Two Utah men are facing charges of reckless endangerment after allegedly setting medieval-style booby traps, including one with sharpened sticks wrapped around a 20-pound rock, near a popular hiking trail south of Salt Lake City.

Authorities said that Benjamin Rutkowski, 19, and Kai Christensen, 21, both from Utah County, admitted they had set up two traps to capture wild animals at a makeshift resting area, known as “the fort” to locals along the Big Springs Trail in Provo Canyon.

“You don’t expect to have to be trained to identify booby traps when you are just outside enjoying nature,” Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon told KSL-TV, an NBC News affiliate in Salt Lake City. “Both had potential to cause very serious injuries to people.”

View KSL-TV’s Sandra Yi’s report from “the fort.”

The traps, including one with sharpened sticks wrapped around a 20-pound rock, had been rigged to trip wires in a popular area used by hikers, mountain bikers and families accessing wilderness areas.

“It makes me sad that some people choose to do things that would hurt other people,” Melissa Lee, an Orem, Utah, resident told KSL-TV. 

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