Police: Student burned with makeshift torch

December 16, 2008 8:21:37 AM PST
Police say a 12-year-old Pennsylvania boy burned another boy with a makeshift blowtorch at a school dance.

The suspect has been charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault and related offenses following Friday night's incident at Daniel Boone Middle School outside Reading.

Authorities say the suspect made the torch with an aerosol can and a lighter. He shot the flames at a 12-year-old boy in the middle of the crowded dance floor.

Police say the victim's eyelashes and nasal passages were singed. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and released Sunday.

The suspect has been placed on house arrest and suspended from school.

Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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