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Two teens arrested after small explosion at Hilo High

  • TIM WRIGHT / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    The auditorium at Hilo High School.
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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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