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Liberty Park’s toppled trees give up secrets of the past

Posted at 9:22 PM, Sep 17, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of friends with metal detectors made their way to Liberty Park shortly after hurricane strength winds moved through northern Utah on September 8th.

Trace Staker and Spencer Pratt say they spent about four hours searching the soil in the places where trees had been uprooted.

Their efforts yielded a few curious finds. Among them, a tiny toy hatchet, perhaps left behind by a child decades ago, and a Victorian era ladies pin with a delicate design.

While metal detecting is a common sight in city parks, state officials tell Fox 13 it’s technically illegal, adding that fines are sometimes issued.

Staker and Pratt say they were among more than a half dozen people in Liberty Park with metal detectors after the storm, before it was closed to the public.

Watch the video to see the items from Liberty Park.

You can also watch Staker And Pratt discover other lost items on their YouTube channel.