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‘Bottle bomb’ explodes at school

on January 31, 2014 10:20 AM

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A small bomb exploded Thursday outside an auditorium at a Hawaii high school, prompting a brief campus lockdown but apparently causing no injuries, authorities said.

Police said two students, both 16-year-old boys, were arrested then released to their parents. It wasn’t clear if the device was meant to hurt anyone or if it was a prank.

The small device exploded at Hilo High School on the Big Island around 11:15 a.m. and was being described as a “bottle bomb,” Hawaii Department of Education spokesman Alex Da Silva said. It went off on a walkway leading to the auditorium, Da Silva said. A class was in session in the auditorium, but nobody was near the explosion, which caused no damage beyond residue.

Hawaii County Police Lt. Greg Esteban said the students were released without being charged while the investigation continues.

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