You can Now get Arrested for Taking a Selfie Next to Lava

Lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island in Hawaii makes for very photogenic selfies and social media posts but authorities are cracking down on thrill-seekers who are getting too close for comfort.

Since the volcano first erupted on May 3, bubbling lava, molten rock and fissures have forced thousands of residents to evacuate the area. Some visitors, however, have posted selfies standing mere feet from rivers of lava. 

Government officials in Hawaii have arrested or cited at least a dozen people in the past 10 days.

Officials say they are increasing fines to $5,000 and adding up to a year behind bars if someone is caught taking photos.  

 
 
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