Guatemala's dangerous volcano show

Slide show: Pacaya's pyrotechnics are drawing thousands of tourists -- and officials are sounding the alarm

Published June 8, 2010 1:01AM (EDT)

After a May 27 explosion -- which killed a reporter who drew too near to it -- Guatemala's Pacaya volcano is drawing thousands of tourists to see its fiery rivers sloping down the mountain. Reports say that local guides are seizing the opportunity, and for as little as $1.25 a head, taking the awed out-of-towners around the closed Pacaya National Park and through a private park to get a firsthand view of the action. All of which has officials freaked out. Said the country's emergency response spokesman: "This is dangerous."

By Salon Staff

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