Officials citing and arresting those snapping selfies near lava
Officials are arresting and citing people for taking selfies next to the lava.
HONOLULU (KITV) - Rivers of lava cascading down from towering fissures command attention. Some have made it a mission to see up close.
Lava selfies capture thrill seekers posing dangerously close to potential deadly volcanic activity.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources says many are illegally bypassing barricades to get a glimpse.
Since the eruption began DLNR officer's have issued about 47 citations for entering a closed off area. One officer saying a violator told him they chose to trespass because "they were enticed by other social media postings."
Governor David Ige's proclamation now opens the doors for judges to hand down fines of up to $5,000 and a year in jail.
According to the DLNR, anyone caught in an area without proper authority or permission and is beyond a check-point or barricades is subject to citation.