“This isn’t the stuff you buy in Chinatown, this is the stuff they use at Macy’s.”
Bronx residents rattled by a massive fireworks blast inside of Pelham Bay Park Monday night were left assessing the damage to their homes Tuesday as police continue searching for the amateur pyrotechnics.
Paul Curtin, a 47-year-old Verizon worker who lives down the block from the blast sight, said the shockwaves blew out his windows, sending broken glass all over his living room.
“I heard the explosion and immediately she started screaming,” he said referring to his wife Fran Maimone, 64. “I ran outside to see what was happening. My wife saw a huge flash.”
Curtain said his first thought was that the explosion was caused by a transformer down the street that regularly blows.
“This was a much larger explosion than we’ve ever heard before,” he said. “No one was injured thankfully, just scared.”
“It sounded like a plane came down and exploded,” Maimone said. “My mother said it sounded like the bombs were being dropped in Europe.”
Police sources said the fireworks were in a garbage can that the culprit placed on the pitchers mound of a baseball diamond before being detonated around 11:15 p.m. near the corner of Middletown Road and Dwight Place in the Country Club section of the Bronx.
“These were high grade professional fireworks, very strong fireworks,” one source said, referring to the four inch commercial grade pyrotechnic display shells.
The blast was heard from as far away as Glen Cove on Long Island, according to some Twitter users.
Jack and Louise Napolitano also live near the park on Dwight Place and said the vibrations were so strong, it knocked picture frames off their walls.
“We thought it was a bomb,” said Jack 71. “I can’t believe the noise like that was firecrackers.”
“The smoke and the smell was in the house,” said Louise, 65. “This whole area was smoke, you couldn’t look out. It was like a bomb. It’s the craziest.”