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ALERT: Crews to film scenes with drive-by shooting, explosion and fire for “Hightown”

Filming of scenes from the Starz crime drama ‘Hightown' to include a drive-by shooting, a...
Filming of scenes from the Starz crime drama ‘Hightown' to include a drive-by shooting, a simulated explosion and simulated fire
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 5:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2022 at 12:27 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The filming of one scene from the television crime drama “Hightown” will include a drive-by shooting; other scenes will include a simulated explosion and simulated burning scenes.

Drive-by shooting scene

The drive-by shooting scene is being filmed Monday, June 6, on S. 20th Street between Market and Creecy and 206 S. 20th Street, 2002 Pender Ave on Tuesday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

According to the film permit application, scene details include “Outside talking and car does a drive by shooting, simulated shooting from a car in the street towards 206 S. 20th St., portrayal of someone being shot and killed.” The permit describes special effects as follows: “Scenes to include simulated gun fire - fake/prop gun firing blanks from a car window.”

Except for between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., intermittent traffic control will be enforced in the area by five police officers with cars and NCDOT approved flaggers.

In the event of inclement weather, the filming rain dates are June 7, 8, and 13.

Simulated explosion and burning scenes

Filming of the simulated explosion and simulated burning scenes will take place at 216 Southern Blvd. Thursday, June 9, from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. and Friday, June 10, from 11 a.m.–8 a.m. Saturday, June 11.

According to the permit application, the scenes include fighting at an “abandoned building” where the explosion will be simulated Friday, June 10, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday.

Scene details per the news release:

  • The scene requires a simulated burn.
  • There will be a selection of propane fire bars placed around the set including the interior and exterior.
  • There will be a pyrotechnic charge placed on the window and door glass to cause it to break on cue. The glass will be 3/16″ tempered.
  • There will be three propane mortars placed behind the windows and door that will create a fireball when the glass is broken.
  • There will be qualified SPFX Technicians in charge of all propane bottles feeding the fire bars.
  • There will be a qualified pyrotechnician rigging and operating the charges that break the glass.
  • There will be CO2 fire extinguishers placed in strategic areas manned by qualified SPFX Technicians.
  • There will be a water truck to wet down the areas around the building where the simulated burn occurs.
  • Wilmington Fire Department presence as determined by the Wilmington Fire Department.
  • All exposed wood in the areas affected by the simulated burn shall be encased with drywall, concrete board or a combination of the two. All seams will overlap, be sealed with a fire-resistant caulk and treated with fire retardant solution.
  • There will be proper ventilation to ensure that there is no over pressure.
  • There will be a qualified medic on site.
  • There will be a qualified Stunt Supervisor on site to ensure that all players are a safe distance from the simulated burn.

Southern Blvd. between Van Buren to Washington, Jefferson between Michigan to Arizona, Arizona between Adams and Southern and Adams from Southern to Michigan will be closed Thursday, June 9, from 2 p.m.–11 p.m., Friday, June 10, from 4 p.m.–8 a.m. Saturday. Access will be permitted for residents, businesses, and guests at all times.

Traffic will be controlled by eight police officers with cars and four NCDOT flaggers.

In the event of inclement weather, the filming rain dates are June 15, 16, and 17.

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