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The TikTok star hit a golf ball in the Grand Canyon. Here’s how much that trick cost her

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A day after influencer Katie Siegmund posted a video of herself playing golf on the Grand Canyon’s south rim, the National Park Service announced that she had been identified and charged with escaping.

“Do we really need to say, ‘Don’t hit the golf balls in the Grand Canyon?'” “

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That’s what Grand Canyon National Park posted on social media A day after a social media influencer posted a video of herself playing golf on the edge of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, east of Mather Point.

In the video, which appeared on the accounts of 20-year-old Katie Siegmund on Oct. 26, Siegmund hit a golf ball and subsequently lost most of her club when the driver’s pole flew into the canyon after the ball.

Social media users were quick to share Sigmond’s stunt on platforms like the r/NationalPark subreddit, where Screen recording of Sigmond’s Snapchat story It has received more than 900 comments. Commentators have condemned Sigmund for littering as well as endangering the people and wildlife beneath. The influencer – who has 10 million followers across TikTok and Instagram – has been going viral for the wrong reasons and appears to have deleted the posts.

After receiving tips about the incident, Grand Canyon law enforcement located Sigmond within one day of the golf video being posted and charged her with three misdemeanor counts.

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Sigmond received three federal infringement notices, which are tickets issued by the law enforcement departments of US agencies such as the National Park Service and the US Forest Service. Sigmund was charged with three Class B misdemeanors as detailed below Title 36 in the Code of Federal Regulations.

The three charges were for throwing objects into the Grand Canyon, littering and creating dangerous conditions with disorderly conduct. She was cited only for disorderly conduct and throwing or throwing objects into a canyon, which carries a maximum fine of $5,000 and six months in jail, according to a copy of the written record of a forfeiture of collateral agreement issued by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona filed with the Arizona Republic.

Sigmond was ordered to pay a $285 fine, including a $60 processing fee. A spokesperson for the US Courts Administrative Office confirmed to the Republic that the Central Violations Office received two payments of $155 and $130 from Katie Siegmund on November 15.

Although Sigmund initially appeared in US District Court in Flagstaff, her case was resolved through a forfeiture of collateral agreement with the US Attorney’s Office in Arizona. In other words, fines for misdemeanor charges were paid to the Central Texas Violations Bureau, which processes tickets and payments for “minor crimes committed on federal property,” according to its website.

This effectively closed the Sigmund case without a conviction on its record. It did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

Information about fines for various federal violations, such as spitting on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs property and possession of bald or golden eagles without a permit, can be found at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s website at https://www.azd.uscourts.gov/19-14.

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Sigmund, who is based in Southern California, is well known For posting videos of herself working out, traveling, dancing and playing golf, as well as performing general stunts and pranks. But she’s not the only person who’s given something up in the Grand Canyon.

In October 2021, a visitor hitting baseballs was photographed from the Yavapai Museum of Geology on the South Rim. After the National Park Service Seek tips for person identificationHe called NPS law enforcement to identify himself, according to Joel Bird, a spokesman for Grand Canyon National Park’s Public Affairs Office.

In October 2021, Grand Canyon National Park asked for tips to identify someone who hit baseballs in the canyon.  The person later identified himself to law enforcementIn October 2021, Grand Canyon National Park asked for tips to identify someone who hit baseballs in the canyon.  The person later identified himself to law enforcement

In October 2021, Grand Canyon National Park asked for tips to identify someone who hit baseballs in the canyon. The person later identified himself to law enforcement

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It is not clear if the man was cited for his actions.

Bird told The Republic that the NPS is aware these types of stunts happen in the Grand Canyon and has received similar videos of Sigmond.

“It’s unfortunate that that happened,” she said.

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Thus, the NPS wants the public to know that shooting items at the Grand Canyon’s rim isn’t just illegal — it’s dangerous Where the object can hit the park or animal When it falls or even starts a landslide by displacing rocks.

Landscape damage is a crime on federal land and disrespectful because the Grand Canyon is the ancestral home of indigenous people, including the Hualapai and Havasupai tribes. Today, the National Park recognizes 11 tribes traditionally associated with the Grand Canyon.

People who wish to submit public safety advice or assistance investigations may contact the Investigative Services Branch by calling or texting the ISB Advice Line at 888-653-0009, and submitting an online form at or send an email to [email protected]

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This article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic: TikTok star fined for hitting a golf ball in the Grand Canyon

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