WAUKESHA, Wisconsin – A 15-year-old boy has pleaded no contest to charges related to a bonfire explosion that injured several of his classmates. The incident occurred in June at a graduation party in the town of Summit. The teen pleaded no contest to first-degree reckless injury and use of a dangerous weapon.
According to authorities, the explosion occurred when the boy poured gasoline on the bonfire. The blast resulted in severe injuries to several of his classmates, who were standing nearby. The teen will be sentenced in December, and faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
The boy’s decision to plead no contest comes after hours of negotiations between his lawyers and the prosecution. As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution dropped four other charges against the boy. The victims of the explosion have expressed mixed feelings about the plea, with some expressing forgiveness and others frustration.
The incident has sparked conversations about the dangers of using accelerants such as gasoline in bonfires. Authorities have emphasized the need for caution and adherence to safety guidelines when building and maintaining bonfires. The boy’s sentencing is anticipated by both the victims and the community at large.
In a statement, the district attorney highlighted the serious consequences of the boy’s actions and asserted the importance of holding individuals accountable for their choices. The community continues to grapple with the aftermath of the explosion, as the victims work towards recovery and the legal process moves forward.