Three firebugs tried to torch a parked school bus in Dover Township, but succeeded only in burning a bit of paint, police said.

About 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, three people were seen at the school bus depot in the 2500 block of Municipal Road, Northern York County Regional Police said.

They stuffed a rag into the fuel filler tube of the bus, then lit the rag on fire and ran off, police said.

But the bus didn't burn and sustained only some cosmetic damage around the area of the filler neck, according to police.

Anyone with information about the attempted arson is asked to call police at 292-3647, or leave a tip online at