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Gunshot actually firecrackers

By Ed Brock

A Mt. Zion High School student was arrested after a report that he had fired a gun before boarding the bus for school.

The supposed gunshot turned out to be firecrackers, police say.

At about 7:57 a.m. Friday Clayton County police responded to a call indicating a student, a 16-year-old boy whose name was not released due to his age, had fired a gun and gotten onto the bus, Clayton County Police Department Capt. Tim Robinson said.

The bus was diverted to be met by the school's student resource officer and other officers. They searched the bus and didn't find a gun, but did find a .45-caliber cartridge in the pocket of another student.

That student was not charged, but was expected to face school discipline for having an inappropriate object, Robinson said.

They returned to the bus stop on Hanover Parkway where the boy got onto the bus, and found evidence that firecrackers had been ignited there.

The 16-year-old has been charged with discharging fireworks, disorderly conduct and disrupting a public school.