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Oregon State Police investigating toppling of rock formation at Cape Kiwanda

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Toppled landmark sandstone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda known as '"duckbill." (Photo: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department) Toppled landmark sandstone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda known as '"duckbill." (Photo: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department)
Sandstone pedestal being toppled at Cape Kiwanda. Image courtesy: David Kalas Sandstone pedestal being toppled at Cape Kiwanda. Image courtesy: David Kalas
PACIFIC CITY, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State Police will lead an investigation into the toppling of a popular rock formation at Cape Kiwanda.

The investigation will determine how to pursue possible violations of state park rules and Oregon laws in connection with the destruction of the landmark sandstone pedestal known as "duckbill."

The natural feature was initially thought to have collapsed on its own, until video surfaced online showing people pushing it over.

The man who shot the video told FOX 12 he asked the people why they did it.

“The first thing that came out of his mouth was that, oh his buddy broke his leg on it and it was a safety hazard and they were doing everybody a favor by knocking it down, you know which frustrated me because nobody forced them to climb on top of the rock,” Kalas said.

Oregon State Police will work closely with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Tillamook District Attorney's Office on the case.

Investigators said they have already received tips, but no information is being released at this time about the people in the video or possible suspects.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact osppio@state.or.us or 1-800-452-7888. All calls are kept confidential.

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