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Fireworks explode during theft in Wake Forest

Posted April 1, 2011

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— Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating after a fireworks container exploded near Wake Forest Friday morning.

Firefighters said the fireworks were stored in a container on a tractor-trailer parked in a wooded area off of Wait Avenue. They said someone broke into the truck and was stealing fireworks when one of the boxes exploded around 10:15 a.m. The explosion happened outside of the truck. 

No one was injured. 

Nearby residents said the explosion sounded like a rock slide.

"It was like a dump truck dumping a load of gravel in my yard," resident Jeffery Johnson said.

Fireworks container explodes near Wake Forest Fireworks explode during theft in Wake Forest

Fire officials said the person broke into the truck by making a hole in the roof of the trailer.

ATF agents said the thief might have taken some fireworks, which are for commercial use and more dangerous than regular fireworks. They believe juveniles might be involved in the theft.

Authorities are going door-to-door in nearby areas asking for residents to contact police if they see anything suspicious.

The fireworks were stored in a container also known as a fireworks magazine, town officials said. 

A fireworks magazine is an ATF-approved container for storing display fireworks, such as those used in shows, generally under the supervision of a trained pyrotechnician, town officials said. 

Town officials say the permit holder for the truck is S and W Productions out of Wake Forest.


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  • MyNameIsMud Apr 1, 2011

    "I'm just wondering what a fireworks magazine is doing being parked in Raleigh to begin with.. surely it should have been in transit somewhere?"

    I did not know that truck drivers have the amazing human trait of never needing sleep or food or to go to the bathroom.

    Heeere's your sign........

  • jmf1073 Apr 1, 2011

    I agree with lma1973. This was definitely a brime explosion.

  • Killian Apr 1, 2011

    Guess the thieves got a little more bang for their buck than expected!

  • areadriver Apr 1, 2011

    The article is a little misleading. A magazine is very different from a container on a tractor trailer. Magazines can be left unattended, a truck loaded with this material has to be 'attended' at all times. That means the driver is within 100 feet of the vehicle and has an unobstructed view if it and can not be in the sleeper. So, if this was just a truck parked in the middle of no where in the woods... somebody needs to not pass go and go directly to jail.

  • davidgnews Apr 1, 2011

    They were probably smoking while in the act, being brilliant and all.

  • unitedwestand Apr 1, 2011

    "If the explosion happened outside of the truck, how the heck did that hole get blown in the roof of the truck, from the inside out? Makes no sense."
    The hole in the roof was made by the person who broke into the truck.

  • jbarron4950 Apr 1, 2011

    It is bad, so somehow it has to be Bush's fault right.........limitguvment

    Why would you say that? Bush did everything right!

  • Rig Apr 1, 2011

    If the explosion happened outside of the truck, how the heck did that hole get blown in the roof of the truck, from the inside out? Makes no sense.

  • fzero Apr 1, 2011

    Chinese firedrill! Serious this time!

  • twc Apr 1, 2011

    April Fools!!!!!