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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — Two students at a Cleveland-area high school face charges after a firework exploded in the school cafeteria late Thursday morning.

Willoughby police said an 18-year old student suffered minor burns after a ninth-grade male student set off the firework during lunch period at South High School.

Police reported that two students were involved in the firework explosion, both 15-year-olds.

One is believed to have set off the firework, the other to have brought the firework to school.

Detective Sergeant Jim Schultz told Fox 8 News that both students face charges in Juvenile Court.

“The student that set off the firework is being charged with felonious assault, inducing panic and possessing fireworks.  The other student is being charged with possession of fireworks,” he said.

He credited the school resource officer, patrol officers and school administrators for their quick reactions to the situation.