Student charged with felony in SkyView Academy blast that sent 5 students, teacher to hospital

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - Prosecutors have charged a SkyView Academy student with a felony explosives charge and several misdemeanor assault charges in a chemical bottle-bomb blast earlier this month that sent five students and a teacher to the hospital.

While Douglas County sheriff's investigators initially detained two juvenile males in the incident, a thorough investigation by sheriff's officials and prosecutors has "found one juvenile to be culpable," said Michelle Yi, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office.

Authorities cannot release the boy's name because he's a juvenile defendant, Yi said. He has been charged with one felony count of possession of an explosive or incendiary device and five misdemeanor assault counts. He will be tried as a juvenile. 

The District Attorney's office thanked the Douglas County Sherriff's Office "for their partnership and detailed investigation of this matter." 

On the morning of Jan. 14, a chemical explosion in a SkyView classroom sent five students and the teacher to the hospital for treatment of "chemical-type, respiratory-type issues," sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials didn't release details about the chemical device, only saying that a "chemical reaction found within the container caused the device to rupture."

A female student told 7NEWS reporter Lindsey Sablan that a boy was putting a chemical in a water bottle and "shaking it up," causing it to explode.

The Highlands Ranch charter school was evacuated and classes were canceled for the rest of the day.

 

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