NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An explosion from a firework set off a panic in Queens on Friday night.

The NYPD says it started off as a dispute, then a homemade firework was tossed into the street in Ozone Park.

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As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reports, people heard an explosion and immediately called police.

It happened near a synagogue, but the NYPD says there’s no clear connection to the house of worship or indication that it was targeted at this time.

Police say around 8:30 p.m., two men became involved in some sort of dispute in front of 8233 Lefferts Boulevard. One allegedly threw a firework at the other from outside a van, then drove off.

The firework exploded in the street near the synagogue. People outside saw something exploded and called 911.

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“I was in the synagogue. We were in the middle of a service, and we just heard a huge bang and everybody was just a little bit kind of alarmed. We were not sure what it was a bang about,” Markiel Babekov said.

“From my window, it was just like a big cloud of white smoke that dissipated in a few seconds, but it was really loud. I’m on the fourth floor, so it was like, the windows kind of rattled a little bit,” neighbor Chris Beck said.

Sources tell CBS2 it appears to be a homemade firework, which was in a box, and caused a smoke condition.

There was no damage to nearby buildings and no reported injuries. The bomb squad, the fire marshall and the NYPD were on the scene late Friday investigating.

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Investigators are questioning a person of interest.

Jenna DeAngelis