Maricopa H.S. students injured by firecracker

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MARICOPA -- The Maricopa fire and police departments were called to Maricopa High School Thursday afternoon after there was a report of a small explosion.

Police say a school resource officer had witnessed a small explosion in a crowd of students waiting to load a school bus about 3:44 p.m.

The initial investigation showed that a firecracker, probably the size of an M80 or larger, was thrown into a large crowd of students waiting to get on a bus on the east side of the campus, according to Sgt. Stephen Judd.

Six students were injured by the small blast. One student, who was closest to the firecracker when in went off, was transported to the hospital with a deep laceration to his right shin.

Other students who complained of minor burns and ringing in the ears were treated and released by the Maricopa Fire Department.

The Maricopa Police Department and school officials are investigating this incident in an attempt to identify those involved.

The individual(s) in the incident could face several criminal charges, including exploding fireworks, aggravated assault and interfering with an educational institution.