Updated: December 15, 2011 8:04AM
A 17-year-old Barrington High School student who set off a smoke bomb in a north suburban ice arena is facing disorderly conduct charges after two young hockey players had to go the hospital.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred Dec. 7 at 8:30 p.m. at the Barrington Ice Arena, 28205 W. Commercial Ave. in Lake Barrington. When deputies arrived, they encountered a large crowd that was evacuating the arena due to a smoke bomb having been set off during a hockey game.
The game was between the Barrington Bronco Hockey Club and the Crystal Lake South Hockey Club. The hockey clubs are not directly related to their respective high schools.
The device was set off in the area of the Barrington stands. Both hockey teams were on the ice at the time and were evacuated by coaches and staff from the arena.
Two players from the Crystal Lake team were transported by Barrington Fire and Rescue to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, near Lake Barrington, due to smoke inhalation and the fact that both players suffered from asthma. They were treated and released.
“This incident could quite possibly have been much worse,” said Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran.
“I am pleased with the cooperation we shared with the village of Lake Barrington and Barrington school officials in this matter, and that the person responsible for this reckless act is being held accountable for his behavior.”
The games were cancelled for the night and the Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into who was responsible for setting off the smoke bomb. They worked with Barrington Dist. 220 school officials and were able to identify a 17-year-old male Barrington High School student from Lake Barrington as the offender.
The juvenile was brought to the Criminal Investigations Division Tuesday night along with a parent, and he was referred through the Lake County Juvenile System for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The juvenile was released to the custody of his parent.