The real-life Hunger Games: Two young men held for setting up deadly spiked booby traps ‘for fun’ on popular Utah hiking trail

Two men have been arrested for placing potentially deadly booby traps on a popular Utah hiking trail.

Police say Benjamin Steven Rutkowski, 19, and Kai Matthew Christensen, 21, of Provo, confessed to setting trip wires that could send a 20lb ball of spiked branches into a person’s head, or trip a passer-by into a bed of wooden stakes.

The traps were discovered along the Big Springs trail in Provo Canyon last Saturday by a military-trained officer on foot patrol – before anyone was hurt.

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Deadly: One of the traps discovered along the Big Springs trail in Provo Canyon was this 20lb ball of spiked branches rigged to swing into a person’s head

Local Fox News 13 reports U.S. Forest Service officer James Schoeffler was doing a routine foot patrol of the South Fork Canyon when he spotted the traps outside a building used by families and young hikers, called The Fort.

The crude traps were designed to activate when a person entered the shelter.


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When tripped, one of the traps released a ball of wooden spikes tied to a rock with rope swinging from a tree.


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