Teen charged with breaking sprinklers

June 17, 2008 6:29:19 PM PDT
Capitol Police say a 17-year-old broke a fire sprinkler in a New Castle County Courthouse, causing $30,000 in damage and forcing the evacuation of the building. The incident occurred Monday afternoon, Corporal Robyn R. Quillen of Capitol Police said. Two courtrooms were rendered unusable and an elevator used to take prisoners from holding cells to courtrooms were damaged, she said.

The youth was in a room behind a courtroom when he broke the sprinkler head, Quillen said, causing a mixture of water and chemicals to flow from the spring. Portions of the wing housing the two courtrooms were flooded.

The youth has been charged with felony criminal mischief, second-degree reckless endangering and criminal nuisance.


Information from: The (Salisbury) Daily Times