George Liakas, 26, Charged With Unlawfully Dealing Fireworks

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested a man in Queens who they said had thousands of dollars worth of illegal fireworks in his house and car.

Undercover officers purchased $500 worth of fireworks from 26-year George Liakas Tuesday night, police said. At the time of the transaction, police said Liakas told the officers he had “a lot more fireworks” at his house.

After obtaining a search warrant, police went to Liakas’ house on Wednesday.

There, they seized 50 boxes of assorted fireworks, two boxes of firework making materials, eight canisters of military grade aluminum powder and five pounds of potassium perchlorate from Liakas’ home and car, police said.

The estimated value of the fireworks was several thousand dollars, police said.

Liakas faces several charges including unlawfully dealing of fireworks, obstructing governmental administration, criminal possession of a weapon and other charges, police said.

Police said the operation was its 48th fireworks seizure in advance of the Fourth of July, which has also resulted in a total of 68 arrests.

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