Hawaii volcano tensions boil, a man was arrested after the firing of the gun during the confrontation



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Officials estimate 1,000 inhabitants remain in the lava zone; Jeff Paul reports, of Pahoa, Hawaii.

The tensions of the nearly month-long eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano seemed to have boiled, when a man was Tuesday arrested after firing a gun during a confrontation in the vicinity of a continuous flow of lava.

The incident occurred in the Leilani Estates subdivision happened after 12:20 p.m., when a resident, an investigation into the surroundings of his house with a group of people, which was destroyed by lava, was approached by a 61-year-old John Hubbard in his pick-up truck, Hawaii, Police said in a press release.

The resident told authorities that Hubbard attacked him, and pointed a gun at him and demanded the group leave the room immediately.

“During the argument, the suspect fired several shots from a pistol,” police said. “No one was injured by gunfire, and the victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries arising from the assault.”

Hawaii police arrested John Hubbard in connection with a shooting incident in Leilani Estates on Tuesday.

(Hawaii Police Department)

The police arrested Hubbard, also of Leilani Estates, in the vicinity of the scene without incident. He is now facing a first degree charge of recklessly endangering, police said.

While the police can not find the name of the victim, posted a video on Facebook by Ethan Edwards shows the encounter, including the gun shots that Hubbard firing in the air.


“For me, this was yesterday. Happy to be alive,” Edwards wrote in a Facebook post. “Be careful out there people. This situation is really starting to take its toll psychologically and the bad weather is contributing to emotional tension. People are breaking down”

Edwards, furthermore, that the police were called “immediately”

“Briana Spangler was present, together with Aurorah Davis and Lauren Kaech and Preston. We are all ok physically,” he wrote. “Just shaken psychologically.”

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said Hawaii News Now is that tensions were high in the district, where at least 75 homes have already been destroyed.

This Saturday, May 26, 2018, image released by the U. S. Geological Survey HVO shows an aerial view of the gap 22 looking toward the south, as the Kilauea Volcano continues eruption of the cycle in the near Pahoa on the island of Kilauea in Hawaii.

(U. S. Geological Survey via AP)

“They have this live volcano in the backyard,” Magno said. “They feel, they see strange people in their subdivision, or people who just wanted to go see lava or criminals, and they are trying to protect things.”


Magno added that “there is a lot of stress” now” in the quarter, and for those who are not evacuated, are experiencing a “hard time.”

“I see it, I know it is something that happens in many disasters, whether in the shelters or in the communities, a lot of stress, a lot of things are there,” he said to Hawaii News Now.

This May 29, 2018 photo of the video that is provided by the U. S. Geological Survey shows lava from a crack made fountains up to a height of 200 metres at a time, in the near Pahoa, Hawaii.

(U. S. Geological Survey)

Earlier this month, two residents were arrested for attempting to blow past police barricades to enter the area, according to the news outlet. On May 9 the police arrested a man for alleged attempt to burglarize a Leilani Estates home, just a few days after the eruptions started.

The U. S. Geological Survey told the Associated Press the lava was moving fast enough Wednesday night to cover about six football fields per hour. There are now a total of 24 cracks spouting lava since the eruption of the volcano began on 3 May, Hawaii County Civil Defense sad.


Hawaii County officials said the lava destroyed the utility of the equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 photo provided by the U. S. Geological Survey shows what is known as tephra, airborne lava fragments, burst through the tall lava fountains from the fissure 8 was carried downwind, where the foaming rock fragments fell on Leilani Street, just past kupono flourished Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision.

(U. S. Geological Survey)

“You run the risk of being isolated as a result of the potential lava-floods,” the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency advised the public.

Strands of volcanic glass referred to as Pele’s hair was hope on the ground in Leilani Estates and the surrounding neighborhoods, and the wind can blow lighter particles farther away, scientists said. The strands can cause irritation of the respiratory tract and problems when it comes in contact with people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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