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Boy Faces Charges In Kent County School Bus Fire

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office announced that a 12-year-old boy is facing arson and numerous other charges for allegedly igniting a marine flare on a school bus filled with students, causing it to go up in flames in Chestertown earlier this month. Investigators said that on the morning of March 5, while the bus was on its way to Chestertown Middle School, the flare gun ignited the pre-loaded flare, causing everyone to evacuate the bus along Chestertown Road in Chestertown. Authorities said the bus driver quickly evacuated the students from the bus before it went up in flames. Seven students were treated for minor smoke inhalation injuries and were released from Chester River Hospital Center. The remaining 21 students were evaluated at the scene by Kent County Emergency Medical Services and subsequently transported to Chestertown Middle School.

The school bus is considered to be a total loss with an estimated $45,000 in damages. Authorities said the investigation that followed revealed the 12-year-old had the loaded flare gun inside a bag in his possession when it was discharged and ignited the flare causing the immediate evacuation and subsequent heavy fire damage of the school bus. The boy has been charged with first- and second-degree arson, first- and second-degree malicious burning, bringing a deadly weapon on school property, carrying/transporting a handgun, disturbing the peace and 28 counts of reckless endangerment. He has been referred to the Kent County Department of Juvenile Services and remains in the custody of his mother.

KCMS Student Sets Off Marine Flare On School Bus

An investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Maryland State Police revealed a twelve-year-old male student had a marine type flare on a school bus occupied by twenty-eight students and the bus driver. During the morning transport to Chestertown Middle School, the marine flare ignited causing everyone to evacuate the bus along Chestertown Road (Route 20). The bus driver acted quickly and proficiently in evacuating the students from the bus. Seven students were treated for minor smoke inhalation injuries and were released from Chester River Hospital Center. The remaining 21 students were evaluated at the scene by Kent County Emergency Medical Services and subsequently transported to Chestertown Middle School. The school bus is considered to be a total loss with an estimated $45,000 in damages. The investigation continues into how the marine type flare was ignited and why it was in the student’s possession.

Car Collides with School Bus

A car collided with a school bus on Love Point Road in Stevensville. James Chastain, 54-years-old, was driving a Chevy and did not see the stopped school bus, literally drove underneath the bus’s rear bumper. Chastain was taken to Shock-Trauma as a precaution. No one on the school bus was hurt. Crews had to use a front-loader to get the bus off the car. Queen Anne’s County has had three school bus and car accidents this school year, all the fault of the other driver.