Police: teen burned by his own fire bomb

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | 10:11 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police say a 17-year-old was seriously injured during a fight when a Molotov cocktail he meant to throw at another teen exploded.

Police say the incident happened early Wednesday when the two teens were fighting at a mobile home park in Springfield.

The 17-year-old reportedly was about to throw the fire bomb when the other teen hit it with a stick, causing it to explode. The boy who was the target of the attack put out the flames on the 17-year-old.

The 17-year-old was severely burned over his chest and back but is expected to survive.

Police say he could face attempted arson charges.


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