Westminster High student injured by homemade bomb

January 12, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A student at Westminster High School was slightly injured when a homemade bomb exploded in the lobby of the school about 5 p.m. Monday, state police said.

Three juveniles, all students of the school, were arrested and charged with detonating an M-80 explosive device in an empty soda can, sending splinters of metal through the lobby and hallway.

The juveniles, one age 15 and the other two 16, were charged with possession of fireworks without a permit, manufacturing the device to intimidate and possession of an explosive device.

They were released into their parents' custody, authorities said.

Police said the youths put the heavy-duty firecracker in the soft drink can, turning it into a bomb, and placed the can in a corner of the lobby before igniting the fuse of the M-80 and fleeing.

A 15-year-old student received a superficial cut on the hand and did not require hospital treatment, state police said. He was not the same 15-year-old who was arrested.

An estimated 10 to 15 students were in the lobby at the time of the blast, but only one was injured.

There was no property damage to the building, principal Sherri-Le Bream said.

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