Tradewinds Middle School, part of the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, was partially evacuated on the morning of Feb. 9, 2012 after two students brought an explosive to the school and an additional two students set it off. The four Tradewinds students, who are facing suspension and possible expulsion, may also face criminal charges for bringing the mixture of household chemicals to school. According to an article on The Palm Beach Post, a member of the school staff tried to clean up the blast after hearing it go off. Following student reports of a “strange smell,” the Greenacres Fire Rescue's Hazardous Materials team was sent to the school. There were no reported injuries at the school.
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Source: The Palm Beach Post