Four students and one teacher were injured Monday when a 16-year-old Newaygo, Michigan, high school student brought an explosive device to class and it accidentally detonated.
The 16-year-old suffered moderate to severe injuries when the homemade explosive device went off in a classroom. The state police Bomb Squad, FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, were on the scene trying to help identify the explosives used.
The student was hospitalized while four other students were treated for minor injuries. One teacher also sought treatment.
The school superintendent described the incident as a severe lack of judgement and not a malicious, intentional act. Students were evacuated and classes eventually dismissed while the smoke cleared.
Later Monday, several additional explosives were found at the student’s home and were safely detonated following a search warrant execution.
Newaygo is in the northwest region of Michigan.