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Student charged with setting off fireworks at Millbrook High

Posted April 8, 2010
Updated April 9, 2010

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— A Millbrook High School student has been accused of setting off fireworks in the school bus parking lot, according to Raleigh police.

Ultare D. Banks, 18, of 5009-B4 N. New Hope Road in Raleigh, was charged with having a weapon on school property and possessing a pyrotechnic without a permit, according to an arrest warrant.

Authorities said Banks set off the fireworks on Wednesday as students were leaving school. No one was injured.

Banks was taken into custody on Thursday. His bond was set at $500.

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  • Number1SRO Apr 9, 2010

    North Carolina General Statute 14-269.2 - Possession of Weapons on School Grounds has a subsection 9D0 that defines the misdemeanor side of this law. That is what this young man was probably charged with. just remember that even small firecrackers can injure and maim people.

    (d) It shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slungshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), firework, or any sharp‑pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property.

  • wralgolo2 Apr 9, 2010

    While it is good that he's being charged (maybe scare him straight), I don't think he should be convicted. Hopefully this will open his eyes and get him on the right track.

  • tarheelskier Apr 9, 2010

    I shoot off fireworks in parking lots all the time...y'all should come watch.

  • no contest Apr 9, 2010

    I agree that a felomy for fireworks is way to much overkill. Maybe Nifong is on this case.

  • Garnerian Apr 9, 2010

    I know it dont matter but I'm sure he didnt know that it was a felony to shoot off fireworks. I remember being a kid with fireworks and they were awesome. Never hurt anyone.

  • DIVERDOWN Apr 9, 2010

    maybe it's overkill but the law is the law and if convicted he will be punished...dont do the crime if you cant do the time

  • Hey yuall Apr 9, 2010

    Wondering how many of you that are defending this kids actions are adults and have kids.....maybe part of this society's problems are the result of adults not knowing 'right from wrong' and not teaching their kids the same.

  • Garnerian Apr 9, 2010

    So it's ok to ruin someones life over fireworks. That is just stupid. No one was harmed but he gets convicted of a felony. I dont get it. I hope he gets off.

  • Hey yuall Apr 9, 2010

    Is a firecracker now considered a weapon. Oh yeah, I forgot about WMD's.

    Isn't it possible he had a weapon AND the fireworks?????? What if he would have set them off inside the school??? Think it would have been a "silly, little nothing", or a a kids prank if someone would have been hurt or killed? He's in high school for God's sake and should have known better.

  • babbleon Apr 9, 2010

    I'd chip in for his lawyer... WRAL - let us know if there ends up being a community fund for his defense. Felony for fireworks is overkill.

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