US Scout leaders get death threats for toppling rock

US Scout leaders get death threats for toppling rock

LOS ANGELES - Two US Boy Scout leaders said Friday they have received death threats after a video of them toppling an age-old rock formation in the western state of Utah went viral online.

Nearly two million people have watched the video of Glenn Taylor pushing a massive 170 million-year-old red rock over in Goblin Valley State Park, filmed by his fellow Scout leader Dave Hall.

The pair, who celebrated by doing high fives after the rock fell, insisted they pushed it because it was loose and they feared it could topple onto a visitor to the park visitor.

But facing possible felony charges, they admitted they probably should have found a park ranger before taking action themselves, whether filmed or not.

"I think we made the right decision, but probably the wrong method," Hall said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

"We take full responsibility for whatever mistake we made, and we're open to whatever that means from the state, from the Boy Scouts' office, etc."

The YouTube clip of the pair cheering and laughing, after Taylor used his body to lever the huge rock off, has been viewed around the world since being posted earlier this week.

"I've got over 100 death threats on the Internet already," said Hall.

"I've got people all over the world telling me they are going to kill me because I made the decision that lives are more important than this rock staying here a few more hours."

They had been leading a small group of Scouts in studying and playing amid the eerie and spectacular rock formations.

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