And he ended up getting his trousers burned!
In searching for some information to help another researcher, I found the following newspaper article in GenealogyBank about one of her ancestors – William G. Rouse, former Chief of Police in Dover, Craven County.
Published in the January 26, 1913 issue of the Charlotte Observer. It describes how Rosco Avery and friends were celebrating Christmas with fireworks, after being told to stop “the racket,” Avery threw one of the firecrackers at Rouse. The firecracker exploded at his leg and burned a hole in his trousers.
An interesting tidbit to add to the family history.