A large explosion at the lava ocean entry that reportedly injured passengers on a lava boat tour is under investigation.
"[Four] passengers taken by ambulance to the hospital, one seriously injured with a fractured femur".
The tours depart from the Wailoa Small Boat Harbor in Hilo at 4 a.m. daily.
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In this May 20, 2018 file photo, people watch a plume of steam as lava enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii.
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Passengers on another nearby tour boat captured the explosion and can be heard gasping and calling out "wow" and "this is the big show" as the eruption happened.
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Ten were not hospitalized but were treated at the scene for minor soft tissue injuries and burns, the Tribune-Herald reported.
A woman in her 20s was in serious condition with a broken thigh bone, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. The remaining nine passengers drove themselves to the hospital, and the fire department said their injuries were superficial.
The island is part of the lava flow that extends underwater away from the coastline, the agency said.
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Officials had warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction could create clouds of acid and fine glass.
"As we were exiting the zone, all of a sudden everything around us exploded", he said. It prohibits vessels from getting closer than 984 feet from ocean-entry points. In initial reporting passengers say the vessel was outside of the U.S. Coast Guard-established safety zone. There were no warning signs before the blast, he said.
The most serious previous injury was of a man whose leg was shattered in May when he was hit by molten lava ejected by a volcanic fissure while he was standing on the third-floor balcony of his home about 200 yards (meters) from a flow in the Pahoa area.
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