Hawaii volcano: Lava bomb punctures tour boat's roof, injures 12 passengers

This image from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage done to a boat by a lava bomb. (Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources))

Twelve passengers on a tour boat in Hawaii were injured after a lava bomb from the Kilauea volcano punctured the roof of the vessel.

According to the Hawaii County Fire Department, the incident occurred early Monday morning. A lava bomb punctured the roof of the boat, leaving a large hole in the vessel and damaging one of the boat's railings.

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After the sun went down, lava from Kilauea took on an uncanny appearance as it ravaged the Hawaiian landscape.



The boat managed to return to Wailoa Harbor in Hilo around 7 a.m. with the twelve passengers - all with varying degrees of injuries.

Of the 12 injured passengers, three were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center. Two passengers were in stable condition. One, a woman in her 20s, was in serious condition with a fractured femur. The remaining nine passengers drove themselves to the hospital, and the fire department reported that their injuries were superficial.

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The nearby Gemini Observatory had a dazzling view of stars dancing above a glowing Kilauea.


Kua 'o Ka La Public Charter School was destroyed by lava last week, along with nearby Ahalanui Beach Park.

ABC News contributed to this report.
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