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A 15-year-old juvenile was charged with injuring two police officers when he set off a firework within two feet of them, Wilmington Police said Monday. 

According to authorities, the officers were in a marked patrol vehicle in the 900 block of Pine Street around 8 p.m. on July 5, 2019, when they observed the juvenile igniting the firework. 

As they exited the vehicle and approached the juvenile, "the firework exploded less than two feet away from the officer and the vehicle."

The firework reportedly caused minor injury to both officers, who were treated and released from an area hospital. The firework also caused a burn mark on the police vehicle. 

Police said the juvenile was charged with two counts second-degree assault, criminal mischief, and possession of fireworks. He was also charged with two outstanding warrants and committed to the New Castle County Detention Center in lieu of $20,200 secured bond.