A Baruch College student was arrested at Trump Tower after he was allegedly found to be in possession of an M-100 firework and a hunting knife. Alexander Wang, a sophomore who competes on Baruch’s men’s cross-country team, was charged by the NYPD with unlawful possession of fireworks and two counts of weapons possession.
Wang attempted to enter Trump Tower via a checkpoint at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. After his bag set off a metal detector at the checkpoint, agents from the Secret Service initiated a search. Besides the firework and hunting knife, Wang’s bag was found to contain a flashlight, a garrote wire, handcuffs, a laptop, several feet of black rope, a Swiss Army knife and a water gun.
Wang told the NYPD that he had carried the bag into Trump Tower on many occasions and had no malicious intent. He supports the President-elect Donald Trump and considers himself to be a survivalist who also enjoys shooting fireworks from an East River pier.
After Wang told the NYPD that he had more explosives in his dorm, the NYPD obtained a search warrant for the room, located in the Baruch residence hall in the Upper East Side. Once there, the NYPD found additional fireworks in an ammunition box.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, M-100 fireworks are typically 2.5 inches long and contain approximately 9 grams of explosive mixture. An explosion from an M-100, also known as a Silver Salute, can cause severe damage to a person’s body and face.
As of press time, Wang is not believed to be connected to any terrorist organizations.
According to the Baruch Athletics website, Wang was voted CUNYAC Rookie of the Year for his efforts in the 2015 Fall season. During that same season, Wang was named CUNYAC Rookie of the Week six times and Eastern College Athletic Department Rookie of the Week once.