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Four active-duty Marines who allegedly rocked a gondola back and forth at the San Diego Zoo’s Skyfari Aerial Tram, temporarily shutting down the ride and stranding riders, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony vandalism charges.

All four defendants, ages 20-23, are based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, but were in San Diego training at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar at the time of the Jan. 29 incident.

The ride was stopped as a precaution, leaving around 100 guests stranded in the air for about two hours while emergency personnel evacuated the gondolas.

The men, who were arrested the day of the incident, each remain out of custody on $25,000 bail.

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It’s uncertain what punishment the men might face from the Marine Corps. Maj. Mason Englehart of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement that “`3d MAW is committed to being good neighbors to the San Diego community. Marines found in violation of any law or directive will be held appropriately accountable in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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