The collapse of a famous rock formation on the Oregon coast known as Duckbill Rock, or Thor’s Fist, has turned into a criminal investigation after a video emerged of a group allegedly destroying the landmark on purpose.
Originally, Oregon State Parks regretfully shared the news of Duckbill’s end as a natural occurrence.
“So this happened,” read a Facebook post showing a before and after photo of the tourist destination. “The iconic sandstone formation at #CapeKiwanda – some called it the Duckbill – has collapsed. No one was injured, fortunately; but the rubble serves as a sobering reminder of the ever present dangers of our fragile coastal rocks and cliffs.”
However, a video shared on Twitter on August 29 reveals a group of three young men appearing to deliberately topple the rock.
David Kalas, who posted the video, told the Associated Press on Monday that he was visiting Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area with friends while making a drone video.
According to Kalas, a group of eight people allegedly started pushing on the rock.
“I didn’t think anything would happen,” Kalas told the outlet. “It’s a big rock.”
Kalas says he started recording with his cellphone when it began wobbling, and three of the alleged vandals were able to topple the structure.
“We confronted them and they said it was a safety hazard,” Kalas said. “They said one of their friends had broken a leg on it. It’s like their weird revenge thing.”
Many who have visited the popular photo location mourned its loss and called for the alleged vandals to be brought to justice.
In a statement released Monday, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced they were investigating.
“The department takes vandalism of a state park’s natural features seriously,” the statement said. “The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police, will review the incident immediately and decide how best to respond.”