NYPD Seizes $100,000 Worth of Fireworks Ahead of Fourth of July

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The NYPD made a $100,000 fireworks bust in Queens on June 24, 2015. Courtesy of NYPD News

The New York Police Department has seized more than 100 cases of fireworks in Queens this week. The fireworks had an estimated street value of more than $100,000.

A 30-year-old man who was not identified was arrested in the raid and charged with unlawful dealing of fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in New York City.

The search warrant for the Queens garage was obtained after 106 Precinct Field Intelligence Officers conducted an investigation and discovered the man was allegedly planning to sell the fireworks ahead of the 4th of July celebrations.

Huge seizure of half of a box truck worth of #Fireworks from a home in #OzonePark valued @ $100k! Great work guys! pic.twitter.com/qQ1gQxs0mc

— NYPD 106th Precinct (@NYPD106Pct) June 24, 2015

"With the Fourth of July upon us, everyone enjoys the holiday and the professionally organized fireworks displays that are a part of the holiday tradition but illegal fireworks are dangerous not only to the people discharging them but also to the people who reside in the areas where these fireworks are being set off illegally," Captain John Ganley said following the raid. "We strongly urge our community partners who become aware of illegal fireworks displays to report these incidents to the police department."