Watch Yellowstone Tourist Walks Right Up to Old Faithful for Photo

first_imgStay on target File this under tourists’ bad decisions. A visitor to Yellowstone National Park was caught on camera breaking the rules and walking dangerously close to Old Faithful just moments before the geyser was expected to erupt on Saturday morning.In video captured by another tourist, the man can be seen walking off the boardwalk and getting within a few feet of the geyser.Shameful behavior at #Yellowstone this morning. While hundreds of people waited for Old Faithful to go off, some guy shamelessly walked within feet of the geyser to take a picture, then flipped off the boo-ing crowd.Park staff has his photo & followed him until rangers arrived. pic.twitter.com/doKlUTdWQZ— Devin Bartolotta (@devinbartolotta) August 17, 2019“A few people around were kinda like ‘What is he doing?’” Devin Bartolotta, who shot video of the man and shared it to Twitter, told NBC Montana. Other visitors who were waiting at the boardwalk and viewing area for Old Faithful’s eruption initially thought the man was a park ranger.“He got probably within 20 to 30 feet of the actual geyser and he stopped, pulled out his cell phone and took a picture,” Bartolotta said. “That’s when everyone realized that he was not a ranger. The whole crowd started booing.”According to Bartolotta, the man flipped off the booing crowd.Park officials warns visitors to always stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas. The temperature of the water at the vent of Old Faithful has been measured at 204 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)“He was well within the danger zone of this being a potential life threatening situation because it could gone off at anytime,” she told NBC Montana. “If that had started to gurgle and spit a little bit before he walked up there. So it really could have been a really bad situation if he had been a second or two in the wrong time.”The incident follows similar incidents involving tourists who stray from designated boardwalks at national parks this past year. Just last month, a 9-year-old girl was injured after she was thrown into the air by a charging bison at Yellowstone. Witnesses said a group of about 50 people were within 5 to 10 feet of the bull bison for at least 20 minutes, causing it to charge the group.Earlier this month, Yellowstone park officials said they were investigating video that shows a tourist petting a bison. “Not only did he put himself and others at risk, he violated regulations designed to keep these animals wild,” park superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement. “We expect better from our visitors.”Have you seen this unbelievable video? A girl gets tossed in the air like a toy by a bison in Yellowstone National Park. Thankfully, she’s ok. Details: https://t.co/4EClcuzUcc pic.twitter.com/HpLOp6gxog— Erica Simon (@EricaOnABC13) July 24, 2019Bartolotta stated on her Twitter post that park staff followed the man until rangers arrived. He will likely be fined and face other penalties.In July, a California man was fined $1,040 and sentenced to four days in jail for walking hundreds of yards across the outflow stream for Grand Prismatic in Yellowstone.Yellowstone National Park reminds visitors to stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas. “Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature,” park officials said on its website. “Boardwalks and trails protect you and delicate thermal formations. Water in hot springs can cause severe or fatal burns, and scalding water underlies most of the thin, breakable crust around hot springs.”Old Faithful erupts every 35 to 120 minutes, expelling up to 3,700 gallons (for a short duration of 1.5 minutes) to 8,400 gallons (for a longer duration of 4.5 minutes) of boiling-hot water. According to the National Park Service, during an eruption, the water temperature at the vent has been measured at 204 degrees F. The steam temperature has been measured above 350 degrees.More on Geek.com:Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Sets New Eruption RecordYellowstone Geyser Shoots Out Decades-Old Trash During Rare EruptionHunters Get Busted for Photos of Illegal Yellowstone Mountain Lion Kill U.S. National Parks Welcome E-Bikes on Paths, TrailsWatch: Park Alerts Visitors to ‘Rolling Poop’ at Great Smoky Mountains last_img

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