‘Banshee’ filming to bring fake shootouts, explosions to Mooresville

The producers of the Cinemax series “Banshee” got the go-ahead this week to conduct late-night, simulated gunfire, explosions and fistfights in downtown Mooresville from June 12 to July 11.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to have Town Manager Erskine Smith work out terms of a permit allowing Charlotte-based Screaming Spirit Productions to discharge gunpowder “or other combustible substances” on town streets.

“Banshee” was filmed in Mooresville its first two seasons and is returning to shoot a scene over about 14 nights for its third season.

Filming will be on Broad Street between Center and Moore avenues. Specific dates and times have yet to be determined, Screaming Spirit representatives told commissioners before their vote Monday night.

The series is about an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of the fictional town of Banshee, Pa.

The scene to be filmed involves a “classic good-guy vs. bad-guy confrontation” in which the bad guys arrive in the middle of the night and stage an attack involving “simulated gunfire and stunt work,” according to an April 3 letter from Screaming Spirit location manager Rachael Tartell to Smith.

Commissioners approved the filming after Screaming Spirit representatives assured them that residents will receive notice of the simulated gunfire and other sounds.

Commissioner Thurman Houston, who lives two blocks from the planned filming, said he was startled when he returned home one night during a previous season of filming. With no advance warning, he said, the road was blocked, and he could hear gunfire.

“We have a lot of senior citizens in that area, and it’s the fear factor,” Houston said.

Tartell said letters will be placed on the front doors of homes in at least a five-block radius to alert residents to the sounds.

“We will put our office and cellphone numbers on the letters so residents can contact us with feedback,” she said. “We want to be good neighbors.”

Commissioner Mac Herring said the town could also send out automated phone alerts to residents near the filming.