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No one hurt after possible firecracker explosion at BHS

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No one was injured Friday morning after what was believed to be a firecracker explosion in the Brainerd High School gym.

BHS Principal Andrea Rusk said the disruption was very alarming but within five minutes everything was back to normal at the school.

Superintendent Steve Razidlo said that earlier in the day his office had received word a prank might be pulled in the courtyard, so officials closed the courtyard and continued to follow up on the tip.

During the middle of the morning the explosion, from what were believed to be firecrackers, took place in the gym, Razidlo said. It took place during a connect/check period similar to a homeroom period, he said. Rusk said the precise time it took place was during a passing time between periods so no class was being conducted in the gym.

Minor cosmetic damage to a small square on the gym floor was observed, according to Razidlo. The superintendent said it was unknown who caused the disturbance. Rusk said as of 4 p.m. Friday officials were still looking into the incident.

Rusk said Brainerd Police said they believed it was two firecrackers being set off that caused the disturbance.

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