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SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (KCBS) — Two students in California are recovering after losing fingers during a Homecoming week tug-of-war game.

It happened Tuesday at South El Monte High School during a lunchtime spirit week activity.

“They wrapped the rope around their hands and somehow the rope when on to snap, I guess it created some extra tension and caused the injuries,” A Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Brian Riley told KNX 1070.

The teenage boy and girl, identified as Edith Rodriguez and Pablo Ocegueda, were listed in stable condition Tuesday.

Freshman Allene Garcia told KCBS that students cheered when the rope broke until they realized what had happened.

“They were just both in shock, staring at their hands. They didn’t know what to do,” Jennifer Jiminez, another freshman, said.

Read more on this story from KCBS.