2 students arrested for explosion at Hilo High

Published On: Jan 30 2014 12:54:00 PM HST
HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police say two students at Hilo High School were arrested in connection with a small explosion Thursday morning.

No one was injured in the incident.

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Hawaii Department of Education spokesman Alex Da Silva says the small device that exploded at the school is being described as a "bottle bomb."  He says it went off around 11:15 a.m. outside the auditorium of the Big Island school.

Police recovered the remnants of a plastic liquid container and an unidentified liquid substance.  The only damage was residue.

The DOE says classes were in session and, although there was a class inside the auditorium, no students or staff were near the area where the device exploded.

Da Silva says the school was under lockdown while police and fire officials investigated.  A sweep of the campus was conducted to make sure there were no other devices on campus.

At around 12:50 p.m., an all clear was given and the lockdown was lifted.  Students resumed classes and will be released the regular time of 2:20 p.m.

Two 16-year-old boys were arrested in the incident.

The school of about 1,250 students is on the east side of the Big Island.

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