Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Report No. C14002699
Two high school students are in police custody in connection with a small explosion at Hilo High School.
No one was injured in the incident.
At 11:34 a.m. Thursday (January 30), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report that a device had detonated on campus. When police arrived, the school went into lockdown.
Police recovered the remnants of a plastic liquid container and an unidentified liquid substance. The device was in an open corridor near the school’s auditorium. The only damage was residue at the site.
Patrol officers and school security guards screened the campus for any additional devices but found none.
The lockdown was lifted shortly before 1 p.m.
Two 16-year-old male students were arrested and taken into custody while detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section continue the investigation.