Two arrested for volcano trespass

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Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow.

Hawaii County police saw a man and a woman on county property taking photos within 5ft (1.5m) of the lava.

Officers said they had two golf clubs that had been dipped in lava, which had hardened on the clubs.

The 65-year-old woman and 59-year-old man, who police said are local to the area, were arrested.

Hawaii County Civil Defence director Darryl Oliveira said the county is restricting the public’s access to the lava flow to keep people safe.

He said the lava is currently in people’s backyards, but the county may be able to enable public viewing if and when it enters public land.

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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