Sumary of Woman Sentenced to 7 Days in Jail for Walking in Yellowstone’s Thermal Area:
- A Connecticut woman was sentenced to seven days in jail for walking on the thermal grounds at Yellowstone National Park, an act the authorities described as extremely dangerous.
- She was charged with traveling in the thermal areas and disorderly conduct, according to court records.
- Ms. Casey and two others with her, who were not identified in the statement, made their way to a thermal pool and geyser at Norris Geyser Basin, one of the largest thermal areas at Yellowstone, after they left the marked boardwalk during a visit last month, the authorities said.
- Worried onlookers took photos and videos of the three people as they walked over the thermal ground, the statement said.
- “The ground is fragile and thin, and scalding water just below the surface can cause severe or fatal burns,” said Morgan Warthin, a Yellowstone National Park spokeswoman.
- “More than 20 people have died from burns suffered after they entered or fell into Yellowstone’s hot springs.