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Harvard juvenile charged after fire outside high school

No one was injured by the fire

A Harvard juvenile was charged after a fire was sparked in a garbage can outside Harvard High School Friday afternoon.

Police responded after 1 p.m. Friday to the high school for a report of a garbage can on fire in front of the school, according to a news release.

After an investigation, police said a juvenile put an unknown type of firework in the garbage can during their lunch hour. Police said the firework caused the fire to start which “substantially” damaged the garbage can.

A 15-year-old from Harvard was charged later in the day with reckless conduct, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of fireworks in connection to the fire.

Ben Szalinski

Ben Szalinski

Ben reports on local news in Harvard, Marengo, Huntley and Lake in the Hills along with the McHenry County Board. He graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting program in 2021. Ben is originally from Mundelein and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.