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HONOLULU (AP) — An explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring at least 13 people Monday, officials said.

A 20-year-old woman suffered major leg trauma, and other passengers had burns and scrapes, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from a volcano that has been erupting for two months. Several companies operate such tours.

The article goes on to state the following:

The molten rock is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May and has destroyed more than 700 homes. But until now, the only serious injury was to a man who was hit by flying lava that broke his leg.

The report indicates that in May, the U.S. Coast Guard instituted a safety zone that prohibits vessels from getting closer than 984 feet from ocean-entry points off the Big Island, although experienced boat operators can get a special license to get closer, up to 164 feet.


 

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