Vehicle bursts into flames at Mauna Kea Observatories

Photo: Jason Shipes and Kenny Epps

Access to the Mauna Kea Observatories was closed temporarily Thursday morning after a rental vehicle burst into flames.

Viewers Jason Shipes and Kenny Epps sent in video showing the SUV completely engulfed by fire.

Officials say it happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. and fire crews extinguished the flames nearly an hour later.

According to the general manager, the vehicle belonged to a couple from California who got out to take pictures and noticed it smoking.

No one was hurt, but the SUV is a total loss.

No word on what caused the fire.

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