MIAMI — Male teens at a juvenile detention facility destroyed several buildings and sparked two fires during a riot, injuring seven people, authorities said Sunday.
Eighteen of the 20 buildings at Avon Park Youth Academy were destroyed, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
Rioters confiscated a guard’s radio on Saturday night and all of the staff golf carts, and set fire to a building containing the teens’ records.
A trash bin was also set ablaze, according to Polk County Sheriff’s officials.
The riots started after a group of teens from St. Petersburg were playing a basketball game against a group of teens from Orlando.
The winning team had to give the losers three cups of soup, but the losing team refused and a fight broke out.
Other teens that weren’t involved in the game joined the melee, sheriff’s officials said.