Company owner injured while disposing of old materials.
by Clellie Allen
WAKE FOREST — Reports of a significant explosion drew fire, rescue and sheriff units to 1337 Wait Ave. Saturday evening.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., residents near the home, which is also the site of S&W Productions, LLC, a pyrotechnic company, said a loud explosion rattled their homes.
The subsequent 911 call from someone at the home revealed that an explosion in a fire barrel left 54-year-old Paul Baldree with injuries.
The caller, who was not identified, is heard saying, “You can see his insides hanging out … he’s bleeding all over the d— place … My mom’s holding his insides in.”
While receiving instructions from the EMS dispatcher, the caller reported he was able to stop the bleeding, but could not explain what caused the explosion.
“I have no idea. It was in the back yard. There was a big a— explosion and I saw parts flying all over the yard,” he said.
Other media reported Wake Sheriff Donnie Harrison as saying Baldree was disposing of old fireworks when it happened.
“It was a 55-gallon barrel next to the house,” Harrison said. “It was quite an explosion. It blew the window lights out of the house and damaged the trailer … The man is very lucky to be alive.”
Baldree and his wife Cheri own and operate S&W Productions. They are well known to surrounding communities as they produce the annual fireworks shows for Wake Forest and Rolesville’s July 4 celebrations. They have also produced the fireworks displays for Durham Bulls baseball games and New Years celebrations in downtown Raleigh.
The Better Business Bureau has given them an A-plus rating and their website states that because of their safety record, they are the only company ever to be allowed to fire fireworks from the top of the State Capitol building since the Civil War.
A spokesperson with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation has been turned over to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is standard protocol. He also said the Sheriff’s Office did not expect any criminal charges would result.
Baldree was transported to a local hospital and as of Sunday, was listed in fair condition.
Crack making alleged
RALEIGH — A Franklinton man is in jail after Raleigh police officers caught him and a partner manufacturing crack cocaine, arrest reports state.
Dyworisky Lanair Perry, 35, 24 Mike Court, Franklinton, and Roderick Demetrius Daniels, 30, 603 Apricot Wood Lane, Wendell, were arrested on warrants July 18 by Raleigh Police Officers D.L. Ide and M.J. Lynch at 7499 Louisburg Road.
Both men are charged with felony trafficking cocaine, conspiring to traffic cocaine and manufacturing cocaine. Perry was also charged with felony maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling drugs and misdemeanor marijuana possession.
According to arrest warrants filed by Raleigh Police Officer R. Cardoza, Perry’s address is alternately listed as 7004 Carlton Drive, Raleigh, the site of the supposed drug operation. The warrant accuses both men of possessing more than 28 grams and less than 200 grams of cocaine.
“The manufacturing,” the warrant states, “consisted of cooking cocaine into crack cocaine.”
According to a N.C. Department of Public Safety offender database, Perry has previous convictions for drug trafficking, possession and sale of controlled substances and related charges, as well as several misdemeanor vehicle offenses in Wake and Franklin counties, for which he served a total of three years in prison between 1998 and 2012.
Daniels has 2008 convictions for driving while impaired, possession and sale of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia in Wake County, for which he received a suspended sentence.
Hurling profanity at police not good idea
WAKE FOREST — A Wake Forest man learned the hard way that while the Constitution’s First Amendment offers protection for freedom of speech, it doesn’t extend to interfering with a police officer’s job.
Fredrick Lamonte Gill, 21, 602 East Pine Ave., was arrested July 15 by Wake Forest Police Officer S.O. Woods and charged with the use of profane language on a highway.
According to police spokesman Bill Crabtree, police officers were conducting a traffic stop of a woman who turned out to be Gill’s mother. As officers were searching her car, Gill walked up and began hurling invective at the officers.
It wasn’t just that he was cursing at them, Crabtree said, but that he kept approaching the scene even after being warned to stay back by the officers.
Gill was taken to the Wake County jail. His first court appearance will be Aug. 30.