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Flying ‘lava bomb’ from sky hits Hawaii tourist boat

July 18, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Over 20 people were injured yesterday when “a flying lava bomb” slammed into the roof of a tour boat named “Hot Spot”, and knocked a large hole in the vessel.

AccuWeather, a site reporting US weather, reported that Hawaii County firefighters responded to reports of a lava explosion near the Kapoho ocean entry.

The blast sent “bombs’ of rock and debris hurtling through the air, one of which bombarded a lava tour boat near Suisan Harbor, Hilo, off Hawaii’s Big Island.

There’s Instagram footage of it here posted by Instagrammer Mileka Lincoln from another boat.

Eyewitnesses said the flying lava – which could have been solid rock or something that solidified in the air as it plunged down – tore through the tour boat roof and hurt both passengers and crew members. Reuters said “a huge steam-driven explosion, caused by molten rock mixing with seawater as it poured from the shoreline” hurled the projectile.

US channel ABC News 7 said two passengers were in stable condition. One passenger, said to be a woman in her 20s, was in serious condition with a broken femur, or thigh bone.

Written by Peter Needham

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