Tourists and BBC crew suffer minor injuries in Mount Etna blast

The incident happened when lava ran into snow on the active Sicilian volcano

Tourists and BBC crew suffer minor injuries in Mount Etna blast

Snow-covered Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption in the early hours of Thursday, March 16. Picture by: Salvatore Allegra/AP/Press Association Images

Tourists and a BBC crew were among those who suffered minor injuries as a result of a blast at Italy's Mount Etna volcano.

According to BBC, the incident happened earlier today when lava ran into snow, creating a reaction that sent "fragments of rock flying in all directions".

10 people are reported to have been injured in the incident, although none of the injuries - which included burns, cuts and head injuries - are believed to be serious.

BBC News science correspondent Rebecca Morelle described the incident as 'extremely scary'.

In a series of Twitter posts, she explained: "Volcanologist said most dangerous incident experience in his 30 year career [...] Incident could have been worse - explosions like this have killed - but seems minor injuries for now.

"Just confirmed - everyone taken off the mountain ok - rescue team and guides here were brilliant. We're heading down mountain now. Reminder of how dangerous & unpredictable volcanoes can be - everyone had a very lucky escape."

She added that a 78-year-old woman was very close to the blast, but managed to get away safely.

Mount Etna - located on the island of Sicily - is the largest active volcano in Europe.

The Guardian reports that there have been three eruptions at the volcano in recent weeks.