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24 April 2024

Lava almost cut Hawaii man's leg in half

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A Hawaii man hit by a flying piece of lava says the molten rock nearly cut his left leg in half.

Darryl Clinton told the Honolulu television station KHON that he was on the roof of a home helping to put out fires from flying rocks on Saturday morning.

That's when an explosion a couple hundred yards away launched a "lava bomb" his way. It hit him above the ankle.

Clinton says it was the "most forceful impact" he had ever experienced.

He says it was "incredibly powerful and hot."

He says he was in shock. A friend wrapped a sheet around his leg and called for help.

Doctors saved his leg, but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks.