WATCH: Vandals caught on camera destroying million-year-old rock formation

Known to locals as the 'Duckbill Pedestal', Oregonian park officials are determining whether criminal charges can be filed

Duckbill Pedestal

The Cape Kiwanda Pedestal as it used to stand in Oregon [Instagram/nathanzaremskiy]

A rock formation on the Oregonian coastline has been toppled over and destroyed by vandals after standing for millions of years. The Cape Kiwanda pedestal, better known to tourists and locals as the iconic ‘Duckbill’ rock formation, was a popular photo spot on the scenic coast, but now local police are determining whether charges should be filed with the group of people responsible for its destruction.

State park officials first noticed that the two-metre tall sandstone rock had collapsed late last week, assuming that its structure had finally succumbed to the thousands of years of erosion it had endured.

But a man at the beach that day, David Kalas, later released video he had recorded of three people seemingly toppling over the treasured rock formation. Sending the video file to multiple media outlets, the footage made its way back to the local parks bureau, with screenshots of the social media accounts of the suspected vandals.

The Duckbill Pedestal was located in a particularly dangerous section of the rocky 138-acre state park, fenced off from the public in light of six people having drowned there in the past two years.

Editor's note: The credit for the featured image has been amended to acknowledge that it is the work of Nathan Zaremskiy 

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