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Two teens arrested after small explosion at Hilo High

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:51 p.m. HST, Jan 30, 2014

Two 16-year-old high school students are in police custody in connection with a small explosion at Hilo High School. 

No one was injured in the incident. 

At 11:34 a.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report that a device had detonated on campus. When police arrived, the school went into lockdown. 

Police recovered the remnants of a plastic liquid container and an unidentified liquid substance. The device was in an open corridor near the school's auditorium. The only damage was residue at the site, according to a Hawaii island police advisory. 

Patrol officers and school security guards screened the campus for any additional devices but found none. 

The lockdown was lifted shortly before 1 p.m. 

Police arrested two 16-year-old boys but detectives are continuing the investigation.

The incident marks the second time this week that a school campus has gone into lockdown, during which students and teachers are locked in their classrooms.

On Tuesday, Roosevelt High School went into lockdown following a shooting on the Punchbowl-area campus.

Police shot and injured a 17-year-old boy in a school counselor's office after he allegedly tried to stab officers trying to take him into custody.

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OK, so lets hear it. All the time I hear people commenting on the lack of information in these breaking stories. That is the key work "breaking"-meaning as the story unfolds, you may get a bit more information regarding the story. So many times our writers are lambasted for not giving all the info, when in reality, the story has to be investigated and unfolded. Until that happens, the writers at SA are giving us the info they know at THAT time. When a reporter goes to a site or story, there is no handout or leaflet explaining what happened. Please allow them some reporting room.
on January 30,2014 | 11:33AM
eoe wrote:
Kids being kids, which is not allowed in the post-9-11 bogeyman surveillance state.
on January 30,2014 | 01:57PM
busterb wrote:
So pre-911 your school allowed things that go boom?
on January 30,2014 | 02:11PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
busterb, the type of thing, I hesitate to call it a "bomb" didn't go "boom." Either you weren't paying attention in class or you went to an intermediate or high school that didn't teach basic chemistry. Based on the description in this article, it wasn't an explosive such as gun powder, including saved up fire cracker powder, or dynamite but rather a rapidly expanding carbon dioxide "thing" that is easily made from household cleaners. I'm purposely being vague because although I learned about such things in a public intermediate school, I sadly observe that this type of basic chemistry is no longer taught in schools. Is it any wonder that the U.S. is twenty something in science in the world and behind many third world countries?
on January 30,2014 | 03:01PM
aomohoa wrote:
My husband said "in his day" they boys did stuff like this all the time. As you said this is post 9/11. Life is different now.
on January 30,2014 | 02:11PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Aomohoa, I agree with your husband. Back in the day da boyz did a little more dangerous things like bring firecrackers to school and set them off, without being arrested. We were given more appropriate punishment such as having to clean up the mess and a suspension. Most of da boyz grew up to be the more upstanding and creative citizens in our Hawaii society. You need to be a little kolohe when you are young to be productive later in life. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
on January 30,2014 | 03:09PM
gmejk wrote:
Get used to it folks. There is very little discipline in the public schools now--and the kids know it. These kinds of incidents are going to become so common-place it won't even make headlines.
on January 30,2014 | 02:11PM
cojef wrote:
Disagree, if not more lock-downs are going occur. With the mass shootings on the mainland, law enforcement are extremely sensitive to any events outside the "box".
on January 30,2014 | 02:26PM
gmejk wrote:
By the time law enforcement gets involved it's too late--re. the shooting at Roosevelt. I'm talking about the day to day operations at the schools. If you talk to teachers kids don't get disciplined anymore, there are very few suspensions and the kids know they are only going to get a slap on the wrist.
on January 30,2014 | 04:01PM
tutulois wrote:
Just glad these two kids didn't injure themselves or anyone else...
on January 30,2014 | 02:49PM
2NDC wrote:
I remember back in the day when we lit off a few pounds of homemade gunpowder. It smoldered for several minutes and left a huge yellowish green sulfur cloud in the hallway. The one boy who got caught with the matches and the container with the residue never ratted the rest of us out. He got two days suspension, and that was it. No police, no panic. This was back in the early to mid 80s'.
on January 30,2014 | 03:32PM
Skyler wrote:
Can't begin to tell you the trouble that was caused by us kids in high school... would make this look like a spitball fight.
on January 30,2014 | 07:46PM
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