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April Fool's Day prank prompts 9-1-1 calls over lava flow

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:32 a.m. HST, Apr 02, 2013

An April Fool's Day prank by a Hawaii island radio station created problems for Hawaii County police Monday.

Police put out a public information statement after receiving numerous 911 calls when the unidentified radio station posted on its website that the Saddle Road was closed at the 28-mile marker because of lava flow.

Police told the public that no lava flow ever threatened to close Saddle Road Monday.

The false report was an April Fool’s Day prank, police said, adding that Saddle Road is open and there is no lava flow anywhere near that area.

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lee1957 wrote:
Every 911 caller needs to be slapped and sterilized.
on April 1,2013 | 11:34AM
Anonymous wrote:
Radio DJs seem to be getting stupider by the day. Too much mouth and not enough brains.
on April 1,2013 | 12:39PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Especially their listeners... for thinking that Mauna Kea has erupted, and pouring lava onto the Saddle Road.
on April 2,2013 | 09:08AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on April 1,2013 | 12:56PM
localguy wrote:
Get a life. I'll bet you had a deprived childhood, no toys, no fun. Sad, I really pity you.
on April 1,2013 | 04:40PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Get a brain. The problem is that the "fun" escalates until one day someone gets hurt or killed.
on April 1,2013 | 05:51PM
localguy wrote:
al_kiqaeda - Get a life. I'll bet you had a deprived childhood too, no one played with you, always the target of bullies, toys, no fun. Sad, I really pity you.
on April 1,2013 | 09:01PM
Bdpapa wrote:
The FCC should do something about this.
on April 1,2013 | 01:00PM
gth wrote:
Remember, the tsunami at the Big Island on April Fool's Day years ago. Everyone thought it was a joke, but wasn't. Seems harmless, but could have been more serious if an emergecny were to occur. Also, the radio station should have learn a lesson from the Australian DJ's and their telephone call. Aku had a quite "harmless" one years ago about a parade on Kalakaua Avenue. Seems parents and children sat along side the road an waited for the parade that never materialized. LOL. Pretty harmless joke then, but a could be more serious "joke" today.
on April 1,2013 | 01:09PM
hanalei395 wrote:
There's a story that Aku told his radio audience, on April 1, that a certain bank or store was handing out free $2.00 bills. It turned out, it wasn't a joke. This bank, or store, did hand out $2.00 bills,1000 of them. Of course, it was Aku's $2000.
on April 1,2013 | 01:39PM
paradiddle wrote:
I remember that Aku prank well. My mother took my daughter and they sat and waited until she realized it was all a joke. Boy, was she mad! But I still smile to this day, remembering my mother and her love to treat my girls to a special day out.
on April 1,2013 | 03:25PM
allie wrote:
This wastes valuable time and money. Big Island folks ought to fund out who did this and prosecute them.
on April 1,2013 | 01:08PM
Mahalo wrote:
So why are all the news station AFRAID to print which station it was???????????????
on April 1,2013 | 01:09PM
tiki886 wrote:
Yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater?

I think someone is going to jail.

on April 1,2013 | 01:14PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Wanna bet?
on April 1,2013 | 04:02PM
localguy wrote:
You need to get a life too. Nothing serious happened other than to show how many very gullible people there are. Have you not heard of the greatest prank ever? The War Of The Worlds radio broadcast. Scarred people everywhere who could receive the radio station. Even then, there were warnings throughout the broadcast to say it was a story. Just can't fix stupid.
on April 1,2013 | 04:49PM
Who_Said wrote:
Seriously? I want to hear the recorded calls to 911, I'm curious who would fall for this, and I'd be cringing if I was one of the people who called...
on April 1,2013 | 04:05PM
localguy wrote:
Not to mention the 911 operators.
on April 1,2013 | 04:50PM
lee1957 wrote:
The folks from the shallow end of the gene pool no doubt.
on April 1,2013 | 07:14PM
roughrider wrote:
Back in the late 1940's, an earthquake in Alaska generated a tsunami on April Fool's day. Reportedly, some people in the Hilo area thought it was a joke, and ventured to the shoreline. They were among some 150 people across the state who died that day. So, yes, this wasn't as funny as you think. The DJ who posted the lava alert has apologized. He probably should be fined and cited, too.
on April 1,2013 | 08:40PM
localguy wrote:
Problem is everything has to be "politically correct" today. No one ever does anything wrong, always a victim, whining not my fault. Sad to see today's generation just can't cut it compared to those born in the 50s and 60s. Bunch of wimps today.
on April 1,2013 | 09:03PM
roughrider wrote:
Nothing wrong with a good April Fool's joke -- a clever, funny prank that doesn't negatively impact the public. In this case, say you needed to rush to a Kona area appointment (doctor, business, whatevah) and were gonna take Saddle Road. Then, you hear that it's closed, so you take a longer route and arrive late. Don't think you're gonna laugh it off when you're told some DJ "punked" you. That's all I'm saying.
on April 1,2013 | 09:18PM
hanalei395 wrote:
A lava flow on the Saddle Road. From Mauna Kea. Really punked.
on April 1,2013 | 09:28PM
localguy wrote:
Anyone who only believes one radio station, who never checks for more information, well, you just have to blame yourself. Too many people just can't take life today unless it comes to them on a silver platter. They are weak minded, always blame someone else for their own failures, want to sue at the drop of a hat, the world owes them a living. Get real. People born in the 50s and 60s are far more resilient and adaptable than today's weak generation. You also have to learn to laugh at yourself, don't take yourself too seriously. Get a life and enjoy it.
on April 1,2013 | 10:32PM
serious wrote:
Agreed, but I think, while this is NEWS, the SA should use a little discretion on putting ideas in people heads about next April 1st.
on April 2,2013 | 07:25AM
kalaoa wrote:
make the buggahs pay for the response....Ha ha ha ha on them
on April 1,2013 | 05:49PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I hear that the radio DJs have been arrested as domestic terrorist for overburdening the 911 system.
on April 2,2013 | 07:30AM
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