Student Sets Off Explosive At Eastern Kentucky High School

PHELPS, Ky. (AP) - A student at an eastern Kentucky high school set off firecrackers in her pocket Wednesday morning, leading officials to dismiss school, the superintendent said.

Pike County Schools Superintendent Roger Wagner said the incident likely was a prank gone bad.

"Some little girl had firecrackers in her pocket and they went off," he said.

The girl was being treated for burns but did not sustain life-threatening injuries, Wagner said. Five other students were being checked out for hearing injuries. No other injuries were immediately reported.

The students were evacuated at about 10 a.m. and sent home shortly after.

Kentucky State Police and a bomb squad were investigating the
scene, said spokesman Trooper Scott Hopkins.

No other details were immediately available.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Chasity Sullivan Location: Phelps High School on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    For everyones info it eas not a m-80 or a fireracker it was a firework called Blackeyes peas.People went to the hospital whining about there ears bothering them and a head ache.Well her hears was not hurt so I don't see how any one elses was.The doctor told her that.People get your story straight before you jump to conclusions.You people took a mole hill and turned it into a mountain which means taking something small and making it into something big.I am a very close friend of hers.If you got anything else to say about it call me my number is in the phone book under(edited)......
  • by Lloyd Location: KY/GA on Jan 1, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    This just goes to show what kind of people are educating our children. Explosives? Bomb Squad? Come on people... Anyone happen to remember what common sense is? I am really disappointed in our "ridiculous" school system. Do these people have enough sense to get out of the rain. Just remember "When you empower Idiots, you just get stupid answers faster."
  • by ??????? Location: ??????? on Dec 29, 2007 at 12:41 AM
    this whole thing is stupid
  • by elmer Location: columbus,ohio on Dec 22, 2007 at 01:56 PM
    have you people forgotten about these other schools,that have come under attack.i,ve seen the damage that this SO CALLED FIRECRAKER HAs caused. believe me people this was not caused by a firecracker.i graduated from phelps high school,in 1969 when you were punished for when you did something wrong,but that the parent's don't believe in it anymore.so i guess the students can get away with stuff like this.parents wake up,just because you're in phelps doesn't mean that your kids are safe from being hurt or killed from incidents like this.i would like for the teachers and principal to tell the truth about this. if this was just a firecracker why would they have closed mettings telling people to keep it hushed? somethings wrong somewhere.people didn't believe it could hapen in new york,but we lost over 3500 people,because people didn't want to accept that it could happen.please people of phelps it could be a life next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Joseph Location: phs on Dec 21, 2007 at 01:46 PM
    a student who are you i think i no but it couldnt have hurt anyone in her pocket n if they were out the only way they couldve was if she put them in a tin can and blew them in your ear you people are stupid.But tell everyone who you are if you care.I did
  • by a student at phelps Location: phelps ky on Dec 21, 2007 at 09:09 AM
    well i think that it was a stupid thing to do. she shouldnt have even brought it to school in the first place. some people have been sayin that it couldnt have hurt anyone, and it didnt hurt anyone bad but just think what if it did
  • by joseph Location: phelps on Dec 21, 2007 at 08:24 AM
    You people how would a 15 year old girl know how to make homeade explosives thats a stupid idea oh wait "google" it right oh now that makes since.she isnt a person who would even think about making one if you dont know this girl quit throwing off judgements on her.be man or woman enough to tell your names if you care so strongly. yes and the bomb squad carring guns and the sniffing dogs that was rediculous.CNN called phs and found out what it was and said that wasnt news a 15 yr old girl with firecrackers.IF CNN DONT FIND SOMETHING THIS STUPID AS NEWS THEN IT ISNT BIG.AND CNN CAN MAKE NEWS OUT OF ANYTHING.
  • by Rob Location: London on Dec 21, 2007 at 07:09 AM
    Come on,it was firecrackers!!!Give me abreak and lighten up some.She had them against the rules,punish her to suspension or detention,after that leave her alone.I bet 90% of you on here done things just as bad if not worse,and just didn't get caught!!!!!It was a prank......it misfired......she got caught.....Tht should be end of story.Wow in Richmond...they were firecrackers,not a bomb.They also use electricity on the space station,that doesn't make all of us in space!!!
  • by Bill on Dec 21, 2007 at 04:14 AM
    Hunderds of democrats rush to the school, to make something out of nothing.Wearing thier little flax jackets and carring thier michine guns.=Now thats dangerous.
  • by parent Location: pike county on Dec 21, 2007 at 03:15 AM
    Look, do you really think this girl would hurt herself just to hurt others? NO you don't know this girl, my son does. She is a sweet girl, who would hurt know one. She would give her last dollar to another kid if they needed it. All some parent's in phelps think about is the worst in others no matter if it's a child or not, you don't think about how this girl feels, or HER parent's. She is the one that was hurt(burn's on her leg). She NEVER been in trouble, how many kids can you say that for? She can't believe how PARENT'S NOT KIDS are acting. People need to lighten up and stop using the SUE all the time. People like this is what gives Phelps a bad name. GIVE IT A REST. Some teachers even said the kids WERE NOT AFRAID, like some have said, the kids thought it was funny. The girl didn't even know it was her until her leg was burning. What if this had been your kid. Would YOU want others, talking about your child, like most have talked about her? No, I wouldn't.Stop an thin
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