A California Highway Patrol officer (CHPs) was patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge on his bicycle Friday when a man flagged him down to report he had been hit with a blow dart while walking on the bridge. The officer beckoned the paramedics and while the paramedics were checking out the man’s wound another tourist reported she was also hit with a blow dart. The patrol officer said that she had been hit with the same type of dart while walking across the Golden Gate Bridge not long after the first tourist was hit by a blow dart.
According to the San Francisco Times on February 13, the man had been hit with a 5-inch long blow dart, in which 2-inches of this metal dart went into the thigh of his leg. It first pierced his jeans, so it appeared to have some energy behind it. The woman tourist was hit on the knee with the blow dart. Both people were treated by the paramedics and released.
The police took the darts and they will be tested for chemicals, including poison, which is a frightening thought. They will be kept as evidence when the testing is done. The possibility of some type of substance coating the tip of the dart is probably one of the most concerning aspects of being hit by a blow dart, as it has played out in the movies over and over again.
Once it pierces the skin, it could act like an injection if there is a substance on the tip. You’ve seen those scenes on TV or in the movies where the dart hits the person in the neck or buttocks and they slump to the ground. Thankfully this was not the case with either tourist, as they were treated at the scene and released.
The police are looking through the surveillance videos from the bridge in hopes of identifying the culprits, according to MSN News today. CHP spokesman Andrew Barclay said that “the dart was nearly five inches long — one end had a white plastic cap and the other was sharpened to a point — and appeared to have been fired from a blow gun,” according to the L.A. Times.
Barclay continued, “I’ve never heard of something like this. It seems very random, and it doesn’t appear that either of the victims was targeted for any reason specifically …. Neither of them had had any arguments.” It was a bizarre incident and considering the amount of tourists that trek across that bridge, hopefully it was just a random prank.
It appears that the darts might have been fired out of a passing car rather than by someone walking on the bridge. Both of the tourists had been headed southbound, walking on the east sidewalk of the bridge toward Vista Point, which is is a scenic spot where folks stop to take in the sights of the bay and the bridge.