Two men were arrested Saturday after allegedly rigging booby traps near a trail in South Fork Canyon, Utah.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said a forest service officer was patrolling the Big Springs Trail area on Monday when he noticed what appeared to be a trip wire near the entrance of a rudimentary shelter. The wire was connected to a device that if tripped, would have sent a ball of sharpened sticks swinging toward the face or head of a person entering the shelter. Another trip wire was set up at a second entrance, which would have caused a person to fall down on sharpened sticks placed in the ground.
Cannon said the shelter was one of many in an area that is frequently visited by hikers and campers.
“There was potential for some very serious injury to someone,” Cannon said. “If someone fell the wrong way it could have been disastrous or even fatal.”