A student at Heritage High School in Menifee was injured when a fellow student lit a firecracker in class, authorities said today.
According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, a boy ignited a large-sized firework in the vicinity of classmates around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Sgt. Sergio Rodriguez said the youth and his friend, 16 and 17 years old, respectively, brought the incendiary from home, where it and other firecrackers had been stored by the juvenile’s family, who purchased them in Mexico.
Rodriguez said the alleged culprit’s parents had advised him not to take the firecracker to school, but he disregarded their warning.
“The blast resulted in another student being injured,” the sergeant said.
A 16-year-old Menifee girl’s eardrum was impacted by the sound, and she was treated at a hospital, according to Rodriguez.
The two boys were booked Southwest Juvenile Hall in Murrieta on suspicion of detonating a destructive device resulting in injury.