Video shows group pushing sandstone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda until it falls and breaks

Cape Kiwanda rock being forced down by a group of visitors (Still image from video courtesy David Kalas)

PACIFIC CITY, Ore. (KATU) -- An iconic sandstone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast collapsed last week.

A video obtained by KATU News shows a group of visitors pushing the sandstone late last month, until the moment it fell and crumbled to the ground. The video was filmed around 5 p.m. on Aug. 29.

David Kalas told KATU News he was helping a friend film parts of the coast with his drone when they noticed a group of about 8 people trying to push the pedestal down.

"I kind of laughed to myself cause I thought there was no way that they could knock it down but then I noticed that it started wobbling and then I started to record it as two of the guys manged to knock it down," Kalas said.

Initially, Oregon State Parks officials said they didn't think the break was caused by humans.

KATU News contacted Oregon State Parks for comment Sunday afternoon.

The sandstone pedestal, often called the "Duckbill," was a popular destination despite being in an area of Cape Kiwanda that was roped off to visitors.

"I asked them, you know, why they knocked the rock down, and the reply I got was: their buddy broke their leg earlier because of that rock," Kalas said. "They basically told me themselves that it was a safety hazard, and that they did the world or Oregon a favor."

Kalas says once they toppled the rock, they stood on the crumbled sandstone, snapped a few pictures and left.

"They were just standing on top of the rubble of the rock, laughing, smiling, giggling," he said. "I just want them to learn a lesson you know, because if they do this here they will probably do it elsewhere."

Kalas does not know the apparent vandals, but says he would like them to be identified.

Dozens of previous visitors to Cape Kiwanda posted photos to Instagram this weekend after finding out the pedestal had crumbled:




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