Teenager Accidentally Started Detonation for Explosive Device at School — Details of Incident

Olowokandi Fiyin
Mar 10, 2021
02:15 P.M.
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A 16-year-old student accidentally detonated a homemade explosive he brought from home at a Michigan school. The incident left at least five people injured, including the student.


On Monday, a Michigan high school experienced a devastating incident when five students and a teacher endured injuries after a teenage student accidentally detonated a homemade explosive in class.

The Newaygo Police Department was summoned to Newaygo High School around 9 am after an explosion was heard in a classroom. The teenager was reportedly sitting at the back of the class when the device detonated.

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The school administration immediately called 911 and evacuated all the students. The 16-year-old student who caused the explosion was rushed to the hospital after enduring moderate-to-severe burn injuries.

The other four were taken for treatment at the hospital by their parents alongside the injured teacher. According to the Newaygo County schools superintendent, Peggy Mathis, the explosion was not meant to hurt anyone.

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However, Mathis mentioned that the student had “a serious lack of judgment.” All Newaygo schools in the county went into lockdown after the explosion and remained that way until it was confirmed that there were no threats posed to the students.

In a press release, it was reported that all the students were dismissed for the rest of the day. Authorities have begun an investigation into the matter to determine what kind of materials were used in the explosive.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms joined the Newaygo police and the Michigan State Police Hart Post to search the scene on the school premises for more information.

In a Twitter update on the case by the Michigan State Police on Tuesday, it was revealed that additional homemade explosives were found on Monday night at a residence after a search warrant was given. The explosives have since been detonated.


The owner of the residence where the explosives were found haven’t been revealed. In a similar tragic story, a 28-year-old father lost his life in an explosion accident while trying to create a gender-reveal device.

The deceased Christopher Pekny and his brother, Peter, worked to create a gender-reveal device for his girlfriend, who was pregnant with a son. Unfortunately, the device malfunction and exploded.

While speaking to the publication, Peter revealed Christopher was looking forward to becoming a father and settling down. His tragic death has brought concerns about the practice of gender reveal parties.


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