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Teen tries to extinguish Olympic torch

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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — The bearer of the Olympic torch came under attack Thursday when a teenager attempted to douse the flame with a fire extinguisher.

The 17-year-old was arrested by torch security staff and handed over to police. He was later released into the custody of his father, and no charges were filed, New South Wales state police said.

A police spokesman said he sprayed fire retardant at the Olympic torch but failed to put the flame out. The relay continued on schedule, and there were no reported injuries.

The incident took place as the torch relay moved through Maclean, about 340 miles north of Sydney.

Thursday's disruption followed a similar incident last month when a 19-year-old man jumped out of a crowd and snatched the Olympic flame from a torchbearer near Frankston in southeast Melbourne.

That man was interviewed by police but released without being charged. Authorities described the incident as a prank.

Sydney 2000 organizers said there were no plans to bolster security for the torch.

"We're actually pleased with security as both incidents were over and done with in seconds," a spokeswoman for the organizers said.

The torch will be used to light the cauldron at Olympic Stadium during the Sept. 15 opening ceremony to mark the official start of the Sydney 2000 games.