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Police: Student set off fireworks inside St. Petersburg High School

The student was charged.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It sounded like gunshots.

The noises rang out just after noon Thursday at St. Petersburg High School. It was concerning enough that St. Pete's Emergency Communications
Center was immediately notified.

Thirty seconds later, however, a school resource officer realized there was no shooting. Instead, fireworks had been set off in one of the campus' stairwells.

Luckily, police say nobody was hurt. However, a parent told 10 Tampa Bay on Friday that his daughter was wounded in some of the commotion afterward.

As school leaders breathed a sigh of relief, students and staff were ushered from the building.

An investigation determined a 17-year-old student was responsible. He was charged with disrupting a school function and sanctioned by school administrators.

"SPPD takes any potential threat to our schools seriously, and would like to
remind everyone of the seriousness of engaging in activity that would cause
mass hysteria or harm to students," the St. Pete Police Department wrote in a statement. "If you see something, please say something."

Anyone with information about suspicious events can call the department at 727-893-7780. They can also text the letters "SPPD" and their tip anonymously to TIP411.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a comment from a parent who said his daughter was injured after the firework went off.