Eddie Boyce was sitting in his Archer Lodge home when the windows started to rattle.
It was March 22, a Sunday.
Boyce was used to the sound of gunfire on the weekend, but this was different.
It was more like an explosion, he said, one that sent vibrations through his house. His dogs jumped up on his lap.
Boyce, who lives in Wyndfall subdivision, thinks the boom came from neighbors shooting at exploding targets.
Since the March 22 blast, Boyce said, he’s actually witnessed people firing at targets likely laced with an explosive.
Boyce said he’s one of several neighbors who are concerned about the explosions. He wants them to end and has asked town leaders to ban binary explosives, including the popular brand Tannerite.
“No one wants to hear the rattle of multiple gunfire followed by multiple explosions on the horizon,” Boyce said in an April 13 appeal to the Town Council.
Archer Lodge has no ordinances banning gunfire in the town limits, let alone products like Tannerite. Even if the town did approve restrictions, Archer Lodge has no police force to enforce its laws.
The Johnston County Sheriff's Office serves the town currently. County ordinances, which govern areas outside Johnston towns, allow residents to shoot on their properties. No county ordinance addresses binary explosives.
North Carolina, too, doesn’t restrict the sale of products like Tannerite. Neither does the federal government, as the product is supplied as two powders that by themselves aren’t explosive.
However, once the two powders are combined, the substance is an explosive whose storage and handling are subject to federal regulations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Rob Maungyoo, who owns Clayton Guns on U.S. 70 Business, said he sells Tannerite at his store. He said it’s a safe product when handled properly and is generally used for target practice.
Maungyoo said his store buys it packaged in one- to two-pound containers.
“It’s pretty fun to shoot,” he said.
Archer Lodge Councilman Carlton Vinson said the explosions are definitely a concern. While the town doesn’t regulate the use of Tannerite, Vinson said neighbors can sue those shooting at the explosive-packed targets.
Wyndfall covenants bar the use of firearms “on the properties or in the community.” Vinson said those covenants are enforceable in court.
The Town Council has told Wyndfall neighbors to sue before. When a group of neighbors raised concerns about shooting in general last year, the council asked the families to first take legal action.
Boyce said he and his neighbors have been hesitant to sue because of the cost of hiring an attorney.
“It’s going to take a fatality in this area to really get things going,” Boyce said.
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