11/01/2014 01:53 pm ET

Are Hawaii Officials Going Too Far In Restricting Access To Pahoa Lava Flow?

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

PAHOA, HAWAII — Dozens of Hawaii National Guard members in combat gear arrived in Pahoa Thursday to help local officials man checkpoints and patrol the area.

But the effort to restrict access to this small town 20 miles southwest of Hilo is causing friction between the civil authorities and journalists here to cover the disaster. At issue is a new law that gives local authorities sweeping powers in times of natural disasters.

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