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Mysterious metal monolith found in remote area of Utah

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Courtesy Utah Department of Public Safety

Utah officials have discovered a mysterious metal monolith in the southeastern part of the state, the state Department of Public Safety announced Monday.

The Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep on Wednesday when personnel spotted something unusual and landed nearby to investigate.

They found a metal monolith standing in red rock with “no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there.”

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Courtesy Utah Department of Public Safety

The department said it is not disclosing the exact location of the mysterious structure because the area’s so remote, any visitors would likely have to get rescued.

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Despite — or because of — the secrecy surrounding the discovery and its similarity to the alien monolith from the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the structure is prompting speculation, worry and skepticism on social media, such as these comments to the Utah Highway Patrol’s Facebook post:

  • “I dunno but if I were y’all I’d wait until at least 2021, maybe 2022 for good measure, before touching it.”
  • “Looks like an art installation. When it rains enough water fountain comes down the rocks and fills the reflecting pool.”
  • “I think on a certain day at a certain time it lights up the slot canyon behind it. There you will find treasure or a worm hole to another dimension.”
  • “Sorry, my bad. I accidentally left this out there on my last time travel to 2019. I’ll be back to pick it up in a few weeks. Please don’t open it. You’ve been warned.”
  • “It fell off of the ufo we’ve been seeing in Ogden lately.”
  • “It is an impressive artistic representation of a piece of metal stuck in sand.”

Whoever put it there likely broke Earth law.

“It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from,” the Department of Public Safety said.

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Courtesy Utah Department of Public Safety

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