WASHINGTON – Twenty-three people were injured on Monday when a lava bomb pierced the roof of a tour boat in Hawaii, authorities said.
Kilauea Volcano, located on Hawaii, the largest island in the archipelago, began erupting in early May and continues to spew lava and ash.
The lava bomb – a chunk of molten rock – struck the boat around 7 am, shortly after it set out from Wailoa Harbor in Hilo, the largest city on the Big Island.
While 10 passengers had only superficial injuries, 13 were hurt badly enough to require treatment at Hilo Medical Center.
The Hawaii County Fire Department said that four passengers were transported to the medical center by ambulance, including a woman listed in serious condition with a fractured femur.