A video has been posted showing a man walking on Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park.
Ashley Lemanski shot the video while visiting Yellowstone on September 14.
The unidentified man can be seen standing close to the center of the iconic geyser. He lays down at one point in the video.
“We were absolutely terrified as we didn’t know if he was going to jump in or not. Very scary moment. We all just stood in shock watching him,” Lemanski said.
People hollered at him to “get off Old Faithful” and to “get on the boardwalk.”
Lemanski told MTN News the man walked toward the parking lot and was followed by a park ranger. She said he was then quickly arrested.
“They had him on the ground for several minutes, first laying and then sitting, in handcuffs, and then took him to the back of the SUV cop car,” Lemanski said. “He was back there for the remainder of our time at the park, about 30 minutes. We didn’t see if they drove him off or not.”
We do not yet know if the man will be charged for the incident; we will update you if we get more information.
The Yellowstone website states: “Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas. Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature. ”
This is one of three notable incidents that have grabbed attention recently in Yellowstone National Park.
Raymond Reinke was sentenced to 130 days in jail after he was caught on video taunting a bison in August. An elk knocked down a visitor who was standing alongside the road on September 14.
Old Faithful currently erupts around 20 times a day with an average height near 130-140 feet. The mathematical average between eruptions is currently 74 minutes. Intervals can range from 60-110 minutes.
Story by Elizabeth Transue, MTN News