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Four hurt in explosion at Aiea High School

Lt. Glen Maekawa Lt. Glen Maekawa

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL) - It was a scene of chaos at an Oahu school on Tuesday.

Police say someone planted a homemade bomb in a stairway at Aiea High School, and it went off. Fortunately, paramedics say those hurt suffered only minor injuries. Investigators are now trying to figure out who did it and why.

Emergency crews swarmed Aiea High School after investigators say a 12 ounce plastic or glass beverage bottle filled with some type of acid exploded in a stairwell.

Paramedics treated two underclassmen - a teenage boy and girl with minor skin burns, eye and skin irritation. They also treat two school staff members - a campus security guard and a health aide.

"They basically ran on to the scene after hearing the explosion and they were exposed to whatever the aftermath was so they just have minor skin irritations, some eye irritation," Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Bryan Cheplic.

No one was hospitalized, but the student victims were released to their parents.

"We're investigating to see if they were just victims that were walking by or were the culprits that were putting this together," said Lt. Glen Maekawa of the Honolulu Police Department.

Fire officials say making a handmade bomb is worse than playing with fireworks.

"They'll create an explosion, the force of which will propel the fragments of the container and the contents and that's completely unpredictable," said Capt. Terry Seelig with the Honolulu Fire Department.

"We recovered the items and we're going to fingerprint it and run tests to determine what kind of items were used to produce this device," said Lt. Maekawa.

It was possibly made with everyday household cleaning agents, according to some students.

"You Tube, you learn all sorts of stuff there," said 11th grader Matt Miller.

"The students need to understand that if {the ones who made the bomb} were students that this is a very serious thing and people can get very seriously injured," said Principal Michael Tokioka.

Police say making a bomb is a federal offense, and whoever is responsible for the on-campus explosion could face felony charges.

Tokioka says the student victims did not make the bomb. He says the two told him they were just walking by when it went off.

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