County schools go into lockdown
This morning Newaygo Police Department Officers were dispatched to Newaygo High School for an explosion inside a classroom. Preliminary investigation has determined that a 16-year-old student accidentally detonated a homemade explosive device he brought to the school.
The device detonated in the classroom, injuring the 16-year-old and four additional classmates. High School Administration dialed 911 and emergency services arrived on scene. The school was immediately evacuated, and students were transferred to the bus garage.
All Newaygo County Schools went into lockdown according to the county emergency operations plan until information was obtained that there were no further threats to students.
The 16-year-old was taken to the hospital for moderate-severe injuries while four others were taken to the hospital by their parents for minor injuries.
The classroom teacher also sought treatment at the hospital.
The investigation continues into what kind of material was involved in the explosion and the circumstances contributing.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are on scene to assist with identifying the explosive materials involved.
This incident is being investigated by the Newaygo Police Department and the Michigan State Police Hart Post with full assistance of Newaygo Public School staff.
Troopers are currently executing a search warrant at a Newaygo County residence pursuant to the investigation.