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Teen charged after fireworks launched at police helicopter

July 3, 2021 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee teenager has been charged with endangering police officers after a firework was launched at a Nashville Police helicopter.

A police detective saw a man look up at the helicopter, go to his car to get a mortar tube and then fire a firework at the craft, Nashville Police said. The helicopter, the Nashville department’s Air One, was flying at about 500 feet Friday night while working a street racing initiative.

The man, identified as 18-year-old John Schmid, had more mortar tubes and fireworks in the trunk of his car. Police called in a bomb squad to remove them, WZTV-TV in Nashville reported.

Schmid was booked into jail and charged with reckless endangerment aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on an officer.