Hawaii man pulls gun on neighbor checking on his lava-destroyed home

Hot headed! Terrifying moment a Hawaii man pulls a gun on a neighbor who was checking on his lava-destroyed home – as victim blames the alteraction on stress caused by the Kilauea volcano

  • Neighbors John Hubbard, 61, and Ethan Edwards, 32, were filmed arguing
  • The pair both live near Kilauea, which has been erupting for about four weeks
  • Edwards had come back to see his lava-destroyed home when Hubbard arrived
  • In the clip, Hubbard pulled a gun and told him to: ‘Get the f*** out of here’  
  • Lava is spewing 250 feet into the air and more than 70 homes have been lost
  • The National Guard is waiting to airlift people out if lava crosses the last road out 

As lava threatens to take their homes and escape routes are becoming blocked, tensions are rising in the residential areas near Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.

An argument between neighbors John Hubbard, 61, and Ethan Edwards, 32, escalated on Tuesday when Hubbard pulled out a gun.

Edwards lived in the area and had come back to check the damage on his home, which had been consumed by lava. 

A video of the altercation, which cuts in about halfway through the argument, shows Edwards lunge towards the gun and Hubbard push him back. When Edwards lunges a second time, Hubbard fires a warning shot just above his head.

As Edwards screams: ‘You’ve gotta be kidding, I live here’, Hubbard yells at him to: ‘Get the f*** out of here’.

Ethan Edwards (pictured on the right in both images) and John Hubbard (left in both images) were arguing on Tuesday in a residential area affected by Kilauea when Hubbard, 61, pulled out a gun and fired a warning shot

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting since May 3 this year and scientists are unsure when it will stop

More than 70 homes have been lost in the natural disaster, which is threatening to close off the last escape route 

Ethan Edwards (left) says the devastation is taking a toll on residents

Edwards is seen ducking as Hubbard continues to point his gun, while others nearby try to tell the man Edwards and his friends, who were with him at the time, do in fact live in the area.

Police arrived at the scene and arrested Hubbard. He was charged with first degree reckless assault. 

Edwards told officers he had returned to the area with friends to see his home, which had been destroyed by lava flowing out of the Kilauea volcano, before Hubbard arrived in his truck and told them to leave.

Sharing the video of the event on Facebook, 32-year-old Edwards said he and his friends were all ‘okay physically, just shaken psychologically’.

‘[I’m] happy to be alive. Be careful out there folks. This situation is really beginning to take its toll psychologically and the bad weather is contributing to emotional tensions. Folks are breaking down,’ he wrote.  

Police attended the scene and arrested Hubbard, who was charged with first degree reckless assault

One fissure on Kilauea is shooting lava more than 250 feet into the air and the USGS report ‘vigorous eruptions’

The lava is heading towards Highway 137, the last exit for residents still in their homes

On Wednesday, the USGS said ‘vigorous eruptions’ were continuing in the east rift zone of Kilauea, which has been erupting since May 3.

One fissure, or crack, in the volcano is spouting lava up to 250 feet into the air, and the lava flow was less than a mile from Highway 137 – the last route of escape for residents remaining in the area. 

There are about 500 homes in the area, and the number of homes consumed by lava skyrocketed from 41 to more than 70 this week.

The lava has been moving at speed, with hardened magma now forming channels that help fresh lava move through the area faster.  Scientists told CBS it was now covering about six football fields an hour.

And while local workers are feverishly working on backup plans to ensure there is a way out for those who need to leave, the National Guard has two helicopters on standby.

Each helicopter can carry out about 45 people at a time. 

As the lava is hardening, it is forming channels for new magma to flow through, allowing it to spread further

Pictured: A utility pole and power lines seen collapsed into a sea of hardened lava

The National Guard are on standby with two helicopters to airlift residents out of the lava gets any closer

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