Feds Now Investigating Pitt County Dynamite Discovery

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

Federal agents are investigating whether there should be charges brought in Tuesday's dynamite discovery in Pitt County.

Authorities say they found seven sticks of dynamite in the refrigerator of a townhome on Vineyard Drive.

Police evacuated the surrounding area as the Cherry Point Bomb Squad came in and safely burned the explosives.

State troopers went to William Brooks' home to arrest him on outstanding warrants from a drunk driving arrest. They discovered the dynamite after first discovering illegal pain killers and marijuana.

Earl Woodham, spokesman for the ATF office in Charlotte says local agents are looking to see if there were any violations of the federal explosive laws.

Brooks' roommate told WITN that the explosives belong to man's father and that the dynamite is legal.


Greenville Fire and Rescue officials say seven sticks of dynamite were found in the refrigerator of a Pitt County home.

It happened Tuesday at a townhome complex on Vineyard Drive in Winterville.

The Cherry Point Bomb Squad took the dynamite to a field to burn it, without exploding it.

No one has been hurt.

Forlines Road was shut down between Red Forbes Road and Frog Level Road for several hours Tuesday afternoon. That road reopened shortly before 5:00 p.m. and residents were allowed to return.

State troopers say they went to the townhome to serve DWI warrants on William Brooks.

They say as they were serving the warrant they discovered Brooks had illegal pain killers in his possession and they found marijuana in the home.

Troopers tell us they also found multiple rifles in the home, which they are checking to see if those weapons are legal or not.

Also during search, troopers found seven sticks of dynamite. Brooks has been served with four warrants on DWI case, and he is charged with several drug related offenses.

Authorities say they are still investigating whether the 21-year-old Brooks will face any charges with the dynamite. Greenville Fire-Rescue says Brooks does demolition work of some type.

The Cherry Point Bomb Squad was called in to safely burn the dynamite.

As a safety precaution after the explosives were discovered, officials say evacuations for neighbors were issued.

The area is near South Central High School. Pitt County Schools spokeswoman Heather Mayo tells WITN that the evacuations did not impact the children leaving that school today, but it did force students who lived in those neighborhoods that were evacuated to remain at school.

Mayo says those students were kept at school until their parents made other arrangements.

Officials say while the townhome complex has a Winterville mailing address, it is located in the city limits of Greenville.


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  • by cox Location: NV on Dec 15, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    will brooks is a lie,and he is no good. I know him personally. He needs to spend some time behind bars. He has personally affected my life, and he needs to be taught a lesson...
  • by BJ Location: NC on Dec 5, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    Buddy give me a call.
  • by white Location: everywhere on Dec 1, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    ummm christian woman..... oj got off for murder didnt he? ummm yea u know he did ....
  • by Jennifer Location: Pinetown on Nov 30, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    Ms. Christain woman, I really could care less to bicker back and forth with you, all I care about is Will. You believe what you want, and I KNOW Will and from your comments you don't.. And yes I do know what the Bible says, and it says DO NOT JUDGE!!!
  • by Rebecca Location: NC on Nov 29, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    Does anyone in this comment section wonder what the cops were doing in this guys fridge in the first place. Sounds like illegal search and seizure to me. To go so far as to say give this guy the death penalty is a pretty hefty judgment to hand out without knowing why he had that many weapons in the first place. Maybe he is as worried as some are about the Bildeberg Group and the New One World Order, people better be getting ready. Look what happened in Philly. He might just be a normal guy. Didn't know cops now have the right to search your home serving a DUI warrant. Scary.
  • by Saved Location: In Christ on Nov 27, 2009 at 09:42 AM
    Dear Jennifer...please don't argue using the Bible if you don't understand it... We are indeed to Judge others (read the whole verse)just judge them according to the same standard we use for ourselves. Christ said, "you will know a man by his fruits. A good tree will not bare bad fruit and a bad tree can not bare good fruit." Thereby, by a man's fruit is he to be known...sorry, but this doesn't look like good fruit to me.
  • by Jennifer Location: Pinetown on Nov 26, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    Hello Christian woman... I know for a fact that in my bible "The Holy Bible" that it states "Do not judge!!" Excuse me, that is what you are doing... Just maybe he was targeting stupid people like you!!!! And just how do you know he deals drugs? Do you purchase them from him? And PLEASE give me a break... about the color of his skin... I can read between the lines, that is really what this is all about with you... RACE... God created us all... no matter the color... I raised my children to believe that also... it does not matter if you are black, white, green or yellow... we are all one and everyone should be treated EQUAL!!!! Maybe you need to go back to church and have more teaching... Also where did you get all your info about Will? Do you know him personally? If not, don't assume to think that everything that is printed is the gospel, you know that people love to spread dirty rumors before they spread the good stuff. Have a blessed day, Ms christian woman..
  • by Christian Woman on Nov 26, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    I was not being sarcastic. He is a drug addict with guns and explosives. Why is he living in society? What was his intended target? This has terrorism written all over it. If he was dark skinned, he'd be on the way to Gitmo by now. I hope to god they are pushing for the death penalty, he is a threat to homeland security.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 26, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    More people know this man than knew about Jessie James.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Nov 26, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    "Christian Woman" must was being sarcastic. I'm sure the whole thing about the dynamite issue is being blown out of proportion. Will definitely isn't a bad guy. Live and learn.
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