El Capitan HS Student Arrested, Another Injured in Bottle Bomb Blast

The student is accused of detonating a bottle bomb in a trash can during class

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    A student was injured and another arrested after a homemade bomb exploded in class at El Capitan High School Tuesday.

    The bottle bomb was set off inside a trash can just after 2 p.m. according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Melissa Aquino.

    The teenager who detonated the bomb was interviewed at the Santee Sheriff’s Station and then arrested and booked into juvenile hall. The teen’s identity has not been released.

    Another student who was passing by the trash can at the time of the explosion suffered minor injuries.

    Hazmat was called out to make sure there were no additional threats. After a sweep of the area, deputies determined the explosion was isolated to the trash can in the classroom.

    Classes are expected to resume Wednesday. 

    It's not the first time a bomb has made its way on to a local high school campus.

    In June 2009, a star athlete at San Ysidro High School brought a dozen homemade bombs to school as part of a senior prank.

    Elphbert Laforteza pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges in a deal with prosecutors avoiding felony charges and prison time. No one was injured in the prank but the bombs Laforteza planted were large enough to hurt or possibly kill someone officials said.

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