Faloon Enters Into Plea Agreement on Pyrotechnic Case
MILLINOCKET -- Peter Faloon, a Schenck High School teacher charges with failure to obtain a permit to use a pyrotechnic device, a Class D felony, entered into a plea agreement in Millinocket District Court, June 18th.
The device was used during a Schenck High School May 2nd production of Annie Get Your Gun, in which a homemade device, powered by smokeless gunpowder, was used to throw popcorn.
“This was an illegal display of fireworks at the school play,” said the Penobscot County District Attorney.
In court on June 18, Faloon entered into a plea agreement in which he took responsibility for making and using the device, and spoke of the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Faloon said that students in the play were disappointed with a prop of balloons that had been used during earlier performances of the play, saying that the balloon prop, that was supposed to sound like a gun firing, failed and the students complained, prompting his assembly of the smokeless powder device for which he was charged.
Faloon said that he spent five hours working on the device, and tested it several times to make sure that it was safe.
When tested, the device would cause popcorn to fly about 3-4 feet across the stage to cause the desired visual effect.