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A Saugus teenager is recovering tonight at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital after sustaining facial burns at Pamplico Park.
Authorities at the scene indicated the boy was playing with fireworks, but sheriff’s officials were not confirming it Thursday night.
In any case, the boy suffered severe burns and a small fire erupted at the south end of the park at about 6:30 p.m.
Sheriff’s deputies had been alerted by a phone call from a witness who saw the boy running toward the park’s restroom. Deputies arrived and detained the suspect, and paramedics rendered aid before transporting him to the hospital with what appeared to be second-degree burns to his face and hands.
Firefighters from Stations 108 and 111 put out the fire. The area was cordoned off and considered a crime scene.
It is not yet known whether the boy will be charged with a crime, said SCV Sheriff’s Lt. Eric Lasko, who described him as a 14-year-old Saugus High School student.