Fireworks stolen from trailer in Wake Forest

April 2, 2011 4:10:00 AM PDT
Authorities said Friday that it appeared a trailer full of fireworks exploded in a wooded area off East Wait Avenue just outside the Wake Forest town limits, but later said that was not the case.

Images from Chopper 11 HD showed a hole in the top of the trailer - which is a container known as a fireworks magazine - and debris scattered on the ground around it. A fireworks magazine is an ATF-approved container for storing display fireworks.

People nearby said they heard explosions and called the sheriff's office. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in to investigate.

Friday afternoon, investigators said what actually happened was someone cut a hole in the roof of the trailer, took out some fireworks, and then set them off nearby.

Deputies are now working to figure out who was responsible.

Federal agents remain involved - since it is believed some of the fireworks are missing, and could have fallen into the hands of juveniles.

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