Wisconsin teenager charged with setting off bonfire explosion that injured at least 17 people

Sam Armstrong, an 18-year-old from Wisconsin, has been charged with 13 counts of injury by negligent handling of explosives after triggering a bonfire explosion that burned 17 people.

A Wisconsin teen was charged with setting off a bonfire that injured over a dozen people.

WLUK-TV reported that prosecutors in Shawano County in northeastern Wisconsin charged Sam Armstrong (18) on Thursday with 13 counts for injury caused by negligent handling explosives or fires in connection with an explosion that occurred outside Pulaski on Oct. 14.

Armstrong, along with other teens, was at the bonfire when he threw into the flames a barrel that contained a mixture of gasoline and diesel. This caused an explosion, which burned 17 people.



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Armstrong, then 17 years old, told police that he did not know his actions could cause an explosion or injure others, according to a complaint. He admitted to investigators that he’d been drinking beer.

After he threw into a bonfire a barrel of gasoline-diesel mixture, a Wisconsin teen was charged with 13 counts for injury caused by negligent handling of explosives and fire.



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Armstrong waived the preliminary hearing on Thursday. Armstrong’s signature bond was set at $100,000 by Judge William Kussel. He is to appear in court on Sept. 13th for arraignment.

Greg Petit, Armstrong’s lawyer, as listed in court documents, did not immediately respond to a Friday email seeking comment.




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In February, a 16-year old accused of helping Armstrong to lift the barrel was ordered to do community service.

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