According to police, the incident occurred Friday night during a dispute between a person on the street and two people in a van.
(1/2) The NYPD is investigating an incident at 8233 Lefferts Blvd. in Queens. The incident appears to be a dispute between an individual on the street and two individuals in a van. It appears that the van tossed a firework onto the sidewalk which was set off as they drove away. pic.twitter.com/gtXbCHPdH9— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 26, 2021
They say a firework was tossed from the van onto the sidewalk on Metropolitan Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard.
The firework then went off as the suspects in the van drove away.
"That dissipated in a few minutes - in a few seconds - but it was really loud. I'm on the floor and the windows kind of raddled, but he got really scared," neighbor Chris Beck said. "Me and my neighbors thought a manhole exploded."
Beck says he went to his window and saw a big puff of white smoke outside.
"It was a second, but it was a huge bang - way louder than a car backfiring. My wife and I rushed to the window because you could feel it. An explosion that you could feel inside," he said.
Neither the suspect nor the van have been recovered.
Police say the incident appears to have no connection to the nearby synagogue.
People in the neighborhood were told to keep far away from the scene.
Police also said to expect traffic delays and road closures.
.@NYPDnews Police Activity: Expect traffic delays, road closures, & emergency personnel near Lefferts Boulevard & Metropolitan Avenue, Queens. Avoid the area.— NYCEM - Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) June 26, 2021
No injuries were reported.
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