Teen accidentally detonates explosive device in classroom, 6 injured
Six people have been injured after a teenager accidentally detonated an explosive device inside a classroom in Michigan in the United States.
Among those injured in the blast on March 8 is the 16-year-old student who brought the explosive device, four of his classmates and one teacher, the Newaygo Public Schools said in a release.
The 16-year-old is now being treated in the hospital for moderate to severe injuries, while the four other students were hospitalized for minor injuries. The teacher, whose severity of injuries was not described, likewise went to the hospital for treatment.
The school was immediately evacuated and went into lockdown “according to county emergency operations plan until information was obtained that there were no further threats to students.”
Authorities were still trying to find out what materials were used for the explosive and the circumstances contributing to the incident.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are working together with the Newaygo Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the public school’s staff in the investigations.
Police believe that the incident was not intended and that the homemade explosive device going off was the effect of a “severe lack of judgment,” as per WPSD Local 6 earlier today, March 10.
“It was an isolated incident and it was not intended to hurt people…. It’s under investigation so we have new facts coming in but it was definitely not something he intended to have [happened],” state police was quoted as saying at a news conference. /ra
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