Boys questioned about homemade firecracker

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— Steamboat Springs police took two Steamboat Springs High School freshmen into custody Friday after a school administrator saw the boys detonate a homemade firecracker near the school.

Police Capt. Joel Rae said Tuesday that a school administrator saw the boys detonate the firecracker at about 2 p.m., about 150 yards southeast of the school across Butcherknife Creek. A third boy was with the two when the firecracker was ignited, but he was not taken in for questioning because he did not participate.

The homemade firecracker was made of a 3-inch long, 1/2-inch diameter cardboard tubing filled with black powder, a type of gunpowder, Rae said.

One of the young men brought the firecracker to school but lit it off of school grounds, Rae said.

Officers took two of the young men to the police department Friday where the students' parents were called, Rae said.

After being questioned about their intentions with the firecracker, the students were released, Rae said.

Rae said charges would not be filed against the students though they could have faced Class 3 felony charges of possessing an explosive or incendiary device.

There was nothing in the firecracker that could have caused any injury or damage, Rae said.

"What they did didn't warrant those charges," he said. "It wasn't that severe of a crime."

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