- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

HILO, Hawaii — A small bomb exploded Thursday outside an auditorium at a Hawaii high school, prompting a campus lockdown but apparently causing no injuries, authorities said.

The small device exploded at Hilo High School on the Big Island around 11:15 a.m. and was being described as a “bottle bomb,” Hawaii Department of Education spokesman Alex Da Silva said.

Hawaii County Police Officer Louie Ondo said officers were at the scene.

“At this point, there are no reported injuries,” Ondo said.

The school was under lockdown while police and fire officials investigate, and it wasn’t clear whether the device was meant to hurt anyone or whether it was a prank, Da Silva said.

The lockdown means nobody can get onto the campus and nobody on the campus can leave, he said.

The school of about 1,250 students is on the east side of the Big Island.

Fire and school officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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