State Center police called to West Marshall

Student reportedly causes flash after ‘cutting into’ propane tank; no serious harm reported

STATE CENTER — State Center Police responded to a call from West Marshall High School Tuesday after a student reportedly cut into a propane tank, causing a flash.

“We responded to the school for a report of an incident that occurred in the shop area, where a student had been cutting on a propane tank, and it flashed over in his face,” State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn said. “He was treated by … the nurse there.”

A video of the incident surfaced on social media Tuesday. It shows a student retreating from a brief, bright flash of fire from a light-colored object that appears to be a propane tank.

Bunn said the investigation is ongoing, with information on what happened being collected.

“Once I get all that together, I will present it to the (Marshall) County Attorney’s Office for the review,” he said.

West Marshall Schools Superintendent Jacy Large did not comment on the incident Tuesday, except to confirm that nobody was seriously harmed.


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