Potentially deadly Utah booby traps were found in a hiking trail by U.S. Forest Service Officer James Schoeffler who was a military bomb disposal technician for 12 years. How strange that he found these crude traps where people hike on Big Springs Trail.
One of the shocking Utah booby traps was a wire that when tripped would send a 20 pound, spiked boulder at a hiker's head. Can you imagine what would have happened if a person had tripped the wire. That would have been a huge disaster. The other trap was set up to trip somebody causing the person to fall onto a bed of spikes, which could have caused impalement.
Schoeffler said, "It was just so out of place and so odd. I've seen devices and booby traps all over the world, but I never thought I'd see one in Provo, Utah." This is incredibly unusual and unexpected, no doubt. The fact that Schoeffler passed a child's birthday party during his investigation makes this discovery even more upsetting.
After the investigation, two men named Benjamin Steven Rutkowski and Kai Matthew Christensen were arrested for setting these potentially deadly Utah booby traps. They claim they set them for wildlife, but Schoeffler did not buy it. He said, "I wouldn't buy that excuse. They actually used the term bunnies. That's kind of funnyÂ—and there are no wild boars in Utah."
Thank goodness Schoeffler was so alert because he likely saved somebody from being badly injured. These two men will only be charged with a misdemeanor reckless endangerment because nobody was injured, but it is better than somebody being hurt. Hopefully they will never set booby traps again.
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