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.READ MORE: Gen. Colin Powell, Former Secretary Of State, Dies At 84 Due To Complications From COVID-19
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.READ MORE: Gen. Colin Powell Remembered Fondly At His Alma Mater, CCNY, And In The Bronx, Where He Was Raised
“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.MORE NEWS: Some Play Blame Game As Gas Prices Reach Highest Level In Years, But There's No Dispute It's Impacting Bottom Line For Many Families
Investigators are questioning a person of interest.