Arrest Made in Dry Ice Explosion That Injured 4-Year-Old in Paramount

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A Paramount teenager was arrested Friday on suspicion of deploying a destructive device that caused bodily harm to a 4-year-old, according to officials.


A 4-year-old boy was injured after a bottle filled with dry ice exploded on April 24, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The Lakewood Sheriff’s Station responded to a call about a child who was injured by fireworks at Paramount High School in the 14700 block of Paramount Boulevard (map) on Thursday around 7:50 p.m., according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department press release.

The boy suffered abrasions to his chest and left forearm after a 2-liter plastic bottle he found while playing at the school’s baseball field exploded, the release stated.

Further investigation found that the bottle was filled with dry ice.

He was transferred to a local hospital and later released in good condition, according to a second LASD press release.

A 16-year-old boy who lived near the campus was arrested following an investigation that included scent-tracking canines, Lakewood deputies and the L.A. County Arson Explosives Detail.

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