More than 20 injured after ‘lava bomb’ smashes into Hawaii tour boat

A’basketball-sized’ flying lava bomb has smashed into a tour boat in Hawaii, injuring at least 23 people.

Hawaii’s County Civil Defense Agency confirmed the terrifying incident took place early Monday morning.

“Early Monday morning, 23 people on a lava tour boat were injured when an explosion at the ocean entry hurled lava bombs and debris onto their boat.”


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The agency said four people were rushed to a local hospital by ambulance, with one passenger seriously injured with a fractured femur.

“Most other injuries were superficial,” they said.

The lava bomb, reported to be the size of a basketball, punctured the boat’s roof, with photos and videos posted to social media showing debris littered across the floor of the vessel.

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Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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