A woman is facing charges after hitting a golf ball and accidentally throwing her club into the Grand Canyon before posting a video of the incident to social media, officials said.
The video was originally posted to the account of Katie Sigmond, an influencer with almost seven million TikTok followers. The video has since been taken down by TikTok.
Officials said that the video was filmed near Mather Point in Grand Canyon Village and posted to Sigmond’s social media account on October 26. Members of the public helped identify the woman through her account, and soon after, Grand Canyon Law Enforcement officials tracked her down only one day after the footage was posted online.
“Charges and a court appearance for the individual are pending,” a statement from Grand Canyon National Park read. “Throwing objects over the rim of the canyon is not only illegal but can also endanger hikers and wildlife who may be below.”
The full statement from Grand Canyon National Park was posted on Facebook stated:
“Do we really need to say, ‘don’t hit golf balls into the Grand Canyon?’
On October 26, an individual posted a video to her personal TikTok page showing her hitting a golf ball and throwing a golf club into the canyon near Mather Point. Members of the public helped identify the individual’s social media account. On October 27, Grand Canyon Law Enforcement identified, located and contacted the individual responsible for the incident. Charges and a court appearance for the individual are pending. Throwing objects over the rim of the canyon is not only illegal but can also endanger hikers and wildlife who may be below.
Information from visitors is often very helpful to investigators. If you have information that could help in promoting public safety and preventing crime at Grand Canyon.”
Credit: Katie Sigmond via Storyful / Fox13