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.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) July 16, 2018
#BREAKING: Injuries now up to 23 from #lavabomb off Kapoho. County officials says a “basketball-sized” lava bomb punctured the roof of tour boat. More pics & details: https://t.co/RMopesFW3m #Hawaii #KilaueaVolcano #lava (pic: @CivilDefenseHI ) pic.twitter.com/0nNsfdrul8
— Anthony Ferreira (@HNNanthony) July 16, 2018