A 12-year-old girl is hurt and a 12-year-old boy is facing charges after Regina police say a chemical explosion went off on a school playground.
Police said the principal reported a chemical explosion Wednesday afternoon on the grounds of the school, which is located in the city’s northwest along 7th Avenue, just south of Sherwood Drive.
Early investigation from police indicates the boy allegedly mixed ingredients together in a closed container, which created an improvised explosive device.
The explosion injured a girl who was nearby. Officers said she was taken to hospital with injuries consistent with a chemical burn.
The school was confirmed to be Ruth M. Buck School. In a letter to parents, the school said the incident happened during morning recess and that a student brought the materials to school.
The school said it acted very quickly by administering first aid, contacting police and the parents of the students involved and by enacting the school division’s threat assessment protocols.
The boy’s home was searched. Police said they don’t believe this act was directed at any particular individual.
The boy is facing a number of charges, which include using explosives (throwing a corrosive substance), assault with a weapon and mischief under $5,000.
He made his first appearance on these charges Thursday morning in youth court.