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Levittown man faces fireworks charges after fire leaves four people homeless

A Levittown man was arrested and charged Thursday after he “provided an 11-year-old with fireworks and instructed the child to light them.” The fireworks then malfunctioned and caused a fire that left four people homeless, authorities said.

Although no one was injured, the fire, which started in a shed in the yard and spread to the man’s adjacent home, caused extensive damage, according to a news release from Nassau County police.

The 33-year-old Karamjit Singh was arrested, the press release said. It was not disclosed whether he is related to the 11-year-old. Nor was it disclosed whether the fireworks had already been set off at the time of the explosion and who set them off.

Singh was charged with arson, illegal sale of fireworks to anyone under 18, illegal possession, use or discharge of fireworks and endangering the welfare of a child, the news release said. His arraignment is scheduled for Friday in First District Court in Hempstead. Singh could not be reached for comment.

Due to fire damage, the house on Red Maple Drive is uninhabitable, said James Hickman, deputy fire chief in Nassau County.

A nearby home was also damaged, but the residents were on vacation, Hickman said.

The fire broke out around 10:25 a.m. and was under control by 11:15 a.m., he said.

Four fire departments with 60 firefighters were deployed at the scene, he said.

There was a woman in one of the units and a family of three in the other, he said. No one else was named except Singh.

The shed stood in the yard and was separated from the house, a two-story cape.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks caused an estimated 31,302 fires in 2022, including 3,504 structure fires, 887 vehicle fires, 26,492 outdoor fires and 418 unclassified fires.

Separately, a Plainview man, Cheng Wu Wang, 49, was ticketed shortly after noon Thursday and charged with illegally selling fireworks at a discount store in Inwood, police said in a second news release. The store is located at 581 Burnside Avenue.

“Officers observed the sale of illegal fireworks,” the press release said, but did not provide any details about Wang’s relationship to the business.