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Juneau children vandalize middle school, set off small explosion

Jerzy Shedlock
An explosion at Dzantiki Heeni Middle School in Juneau on Saturday, July 26, originated in a black nylon bag containing four pressurized cans of men's body spray. The bag had been set on fire, which caused the cans to explode. Juneau Police

The Juneau Police Department reports a group of kids caused a small explosion at a local middle school, as well as broke into and vandalized the school.

Juneau police say that at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, a group of five or six kids, ranging from 7 to 13 years old, caused the “small explosion” behind Dzantiki Heeni Middle School.

The alleged vandals lit a black nylon bag with a Trailmaker Equipment label on fire, causing three cans of Axe body spray and a can of Old Spice body spray to explode, according to a police department news release.

The same group is believed to have entered the school and caused damage to a window, which police say will cost $1,000 to repair.They also pried open a vending machine and grabbed some snacks.

“Wrappers matching the snacks taken were later found at the athletic fields,” the news release says.

The suspects were recorded on surveillance cameras, but despite the images and the fact that nearly a week has passed since the crimes occurred, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the group of youngsters.

Images of the kids are not being publicly released because of their ages. Instead, police are hoping to track down an adult who can identify them.

The police department hopes a volunteer will lead them to the kids’ parents or school administrators who know the children. It is also requesting that parents ask their children if they know who is responsible for the vandalism.

The Juneau Police Department did not immediately return a call for comment and calls to the school district went unanswered.

Anyone with information can visit the Juneau Crime Line website to submit a tip or call Juneau police at 586-0600. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.