Two Emerald Ridge High School sophomores are in the custody of Pierce County sheriff’s deputies after lighting a banner on fire in the school’s common area, officials say.
The fire forced the evacuation of a wrestling match and caused sprinklers to douse the school’s common area with water.
A large banner was lit on fire and the smoke triggered the sprinkler system, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue spokesman Brian Levings said. A wrestling match was evacuated, Puyallup School District spokesman Brian Fox said.
Water from the sprinkler system was the primary concern, Levings said.
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School will go on as scheduled, Fox said.
The extent of the damage from the fire and the water used to extinguish it is unknown.