The explosions were heard as far away as Beaverdam and the Five Points neighborhood at the intersection of Broadway and Chestnut, but those who heard the loudest noise seem to have been residents on Bingham Road and Riverview Church Road in the Richmond Hill area. There was a bonfire blazing in the area where a new National Guard Armory is under construction, and a second-hand report suggests that something explosive was tossed into the fire.
Juanita Cooper, who saw the fire, was the first to contact the paper about the matter. "Fireworks are fine, but noise without something pretty is no good at all," she said. "They shouldn't have a big bonfire in our neighborhood anyway. What would they do if the fire spread? They just don't think."
Riverview Church Road resident Sue Wise said, "My husband and I thought they were shooting fireworks. It was really loud!"
Angela Poore, on Bingham Road, said, "It sounded like military training."
A spokesman for the National Guard said there had been no mention of the incident at its headquarters, and the Asheville Police Department told Xpress that it received no noise complaints that evening.
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— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer
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