Three people, including two Nashville teens, are facing criminal charges on fireworks violations stemming from Independence Day celebrations.
Juwane Williams, 18, allegedly fired a Roman candle at undercover police officers near Second Avenue North and Commerce Street Wednesday around 11 p.m.
“The projectiles produced by the weapon Williams used fired explosive balls at high speeds which could ignite clothing upon contact causing serious burns and death,” read a police affidavit.
Williams tried to flee, but officers caught him and took possession of the Roman candle while it was still firing. Williams is charged with three counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault as well as reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. He was in jail Thursday on $52,000 bond.
Another downtown incident involved Michael Beasley, a homeless teen, who allegedly shot bottle rockets into traffic at 2 a.m. on Thursday morning near Second Avenue North and Broadway. Beasley was charged with a fireworks violation and disorderly conduct.
According to police, James Pitcher, 37, shot a man with fireworks near Wal-Mart on Nolensville Road at around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Pitcher told police a man stole money from him and he thought the victim was a friend of the thief. According to a police affidavit, the victim suffered a laceration to his leg and was transported to the hospital.
In addition to an assault charge, Pitcher is also facing a weapon possession charge after police said they found a foot-long machete under the driver’s seat of his car.
He was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond.