Police: Rock Hill hotel evacuated after teens light firecrackers, spray fire extinguisher

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 8, 2013 

— Four boys were charged after police say they launched fireworks and sprayed fire extinguishers inside a Rock Hill hotel this weekend, causing at least $2,000 worth of damage and leading to a hotel evacuation.

Police responded to the Hilton Garden Inn on Tinsley Way at about 9 p.m. Friday after receiving calls about four juveniles--three of them Rock Hill residents and the other one from Maryland--who caused damage to the hotel’s first and sixth floors, according to a Rock Hill police report.

A hotel clerk told police that the four boys, two of them 12, one of them 14 and the other one 15, lit a firecracker on the first floor and threw it down the hallway, the report states. They also took a chemical fire extinguisher off the wall and sprayed it through the hallway before attempting the same with the sixth-floor fire extinguisher.

The fire alarms were triggered, the report states, causing staff to evacuate the building.

A police officer got the teens’ clothing descriptions from security video, while the clerk identified and detained two of the four boys, the report states. The boys told police the boys responsible for spraying the extinguisher on the sixth floor were eating at a nearby restaurant.

Police went to the restaurant, identified the two remaining boys and took them and their parents back to the hotel. One of the boys told police he lit the firecracker and handed it to another one, who threw it down the first-floor hallway. The boy who threw the firecracker said he grabbed the fire extinguisher and sprayed it in the hallway.

All four boys were taken to jail and charged with causing false fire alarm and damage to property, the report states. They were then released to their parents.

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