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Student Arrested In School Locker Explosion Incident

June 6, 1989

MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) _ An 18-year-old Shawnee High School student was arrested Tuesday and charged in a locker explosion that injured a freshman, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said.

Phillip DeFelice of Tabernacle was charged with planting a small explosive device in the locker of Brian Kerfoot, 15, also of Tabernacle, said Martin Dunn, a spokesman in the Burlington County prosecutor’s office. The device exploded shortly Tuesday morning when Kerfoot opened his locker, Dunn said.

The school was evacuated for the day, while police and bomb-sniffing dogs scoured the building for other explosives, Dunn said.

″But after our investigation, we’re led to believe that this was an isolated incident of one student directing aggression toward another student,″ he said. ″It appears there had been some kind of ongoing dispute between the two.″

Kerfoot was hospitalized in good condition with first-degree burns to his face, hands and forearms. DeFelice was to be held overnight in Burlington County Jail and arraigned Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office said.

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