"Lava Bomb" Explosion Under Investigation

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 18, 2018

The "lava bomb" reportedly showered the metal roof of an offshore vessel with molten lava, tearing a substantial hole through the ceiling and striking 23 members on board.

A 20-year-old girl suffered the most serious injury, which DLNR is describing as a traumatic leg injury.

After the explosion, the boat returned to its dock at the Wailoa Small Boat Harbor in Hilo, where it was met by emergency medical personnel, first responders and officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement.

The Hawaii County Fire Department reported that 13 people were sent to hospital, four by ambulance and nine by private vehicle, while another 10 individuals were treated on the scene for minor injuries.

The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean. "The owner of the boat involved does have a current and valid permit", revealed the DLNR statement.

Additionally the US Coast Guard established a permanent safety zone surrounding the entry of lava from the Kilauea volcano on the southeast side of Hawai'i island. Several companies operate such tours.

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