Colin Scott fell into Wyoming’s Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park – and was completely dissolved in its boiling acidic liquid.

Arriving from Oregon with his sister, Sable Scott, they had wandered off the protective boardwalk.

“There’s a closure in place to keep people from doing that for their own safety and also to protect the resources because they are very fragile,” Lorant Veress, a Yellowstone deputy chief ranger, told NBC Tuesday. “But, most importantly for the safety of people because it’s a very unforgiving environment.”

With a high temperature measuring at 459 degrees, the Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest part of the Yellowstone Park.


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The June incident is not isolated, as there have been 22 other recorded fatal incidents since the 1870’s. During an illegal hot-pot party one late night in 1975, a 20-year-old wound up in the 179 degree-geyser and died. Veress stresses that the park is dangerous and safety guideline, such as staying on the boardwalk, should be abided at all times

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