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Lava Bomb Leaves 23 Injured on Hawaii Tour Boat

The smoldering chunk of rock went through the vessel's ceiling, authorities said
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2018 5:10 PM CDT
A basketball-sized hole was punched in the roof of a boat by a lava bomb in Hawaii on Monday, injuring 23.   (Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources via Facebook)

(Newser) – A Hawaii boat tour was cut short when a lava bomb punctured the vessel's roof on Monday morning. The smoldering hunk of rock, presumably from the island's erupting Kilauea volcano, left 23 people injured, per CNN. While a woman in her 20s reportedly suffered a fractured femur and others were burned when rocks born of molten lava hitting sea water rained down on the boat, most injuries were deemed superficial. According to USA Today, the boat was with Lava Ocean Tours. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shared a photo of a basketball-sized hole in the boat on Facebook in a post that said the initial investigation suggested the boat was outside the US Coast Guard-established safety zone when the damage occurred. Kilauea, on the Big Island, has been erupting since May and this is not the first injury reported as a result. (Read more Hawaii stories.)

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