BROOKLYN — A child was seriously hurt and others suffered minor injuries when a student set off a firecracker inside a school bus bound for Brooklyn Dreams Charter School Tuesday, officials said.
The student exploded the firework just before 8 a.m. near Ocean Avenue and Dorchester Road, about a mile from the bus's destination — a charter school that enrolls 486 students from kindergarten to sixth grade, according to the FDNY and a schools spokeswoman.
A second child may have helped set off the firecracker but that was not immediately confirmed, a Department of Education spokeswoman said.
Eleven children, including one who was seriously injured and 10 who suffered minor injuries, were taken to Kings County Hospital and Coney Island Hospital, the FDNY said. Five others were evaluated for minor injuries at the scene but didn't need hospital treatment, the FDNY said.
Brooklyn Dreams was founded in 2010 by the Michigan-based company National Heritage Academie and focuses on establishing high academic standards while maintaining "moral focus," according to the school's website.