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2 hurt when liquor bottle explodes in Tempe bonfire

Andrew Kent (Tempe Police Department Photo)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A 21-year-old Arizona State University faces charges accusing him of causing serious burns to two young women attending a weekend house party in Tempe.

Andrew Kent was arrested on two counts each of aggravated assault and endangerment.

Police said an 18-year-old student and a 17-year-old California girl visiting ASU received third-degree burns when a liquor bottle exploded after being thrown into a bonfire Saturday.

According to police, the younger teen rolled on the ground to put out the flames as others at the party helped her and the other young woman.

The 18-year-old left the party and sought initial treatment from her father, who is a firefighter. Burns were to her shoulders and legs.

"It's going to leave (physical) scars for the rest of her life," said police spokesman Michael Pooley of the 17-year-old's injuries, which were to her legs.

Police said students who didn't want to get in trouble escorted the 17-year-old girl out of the party and down the street to await paramedics.

"They were more concerned about themselves than they were the safety of this young lady. She had some very serious burns on her legs. She could barely walk and they were more concerned about getting in trouble than trying to get help for this young lady," Pooley said.

Kent was booked into Maricopa County Jail.

KTAR's Aaron Granillo contributed to this article.

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