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Three Harllee students detonate small bomb at school

MANATEE — Three Harllee Middle School students exploded a small bomb in the school courtyard Friday, damaging a bench. No one was around the explosion, and no one was hurt, the sheriff’s office said.

The three 14-year-old eighth graders were arrested and charged with making, possessing or throwing a destructive device, according to a news release.

Harllee is located at 6423 Ninth Street E., Bradenton.

“The device exploded...and caused minor damage to a bench. There were no students near the device when it went off,” the news release states.

No further details were immediately available.