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Boy burned at Yellowstone National Park thermal pool

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The Morning Glory Pool where officials said a 13-year-old boy was burned over the weekend (Yellowstone National Park photo) The Morning Glory Pool where officials said a 13-year-old boy was burned over the weekend (Yellowstone National Park photo)
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A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he was burned at a thermal pool during a visit to Yellowstone National Park.

Park officials said the incident was initially reported Saturday evening near Morning Glory Pool, but both the teen and his father were located near Castle Geyser.

The boy sustained burns around one of his limbs, but officials would not say which limb or the extent of the burn, nor how it happened.

Officials declined to release more specific information about the incident, citing patient privacy, but they did say the boy was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital for treatment. 

Park officials remind visitors that because there is no way to tell from looking at the ground whether the water is hot, it's important to be careful around the many hot springs.

“Directly below the surface and in areas where there are thermal features, there can be a lip over the top of the feature that hides boiling hot water below it," said park spokeswoman Charissa Reid. "So it’s very dangerous to walk off the boardwalk in the thermal areas. Not only is it illegal, but it’s also unsafe. In addition to that, it can damage the thermal features and encourage others to walk off trail by leaving foot prints in the geyserites as well, so it is illegal and we do enforce that regulation pretty strongly in the park.“

Reid said this is the first thermal burn incident reported in the park so far this year.

She said the incident is still being investigated.

The Yellowstone National Park website says of the Morning Glory Pool:

Long a favored destination for park visitors, Morning Glory Pool was named in the 1880s for its remarkable likeness to its namesake flower. However, this beautiful pool has fallen victim to vandalism. People have thrown literally tons of coins, trash, rocks, and logs into the pool. Much of the debris subsequently became embedded in the sides and vent of the spring, affecting water circulation and accelerating the loss of thermal energy. Through the years Morning Glory's appearance has changed as its temperature dropped. Orange and yellow bacteria that formerly colored only the periphery of the spring now spread toward its center.

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