11-year-old sets two houses in New York on fire with fireworks – man charged with arson

NEW YORK – A Long Island man who authorities say gave fireworks to an 11-year-old who then set two houses on fire has been arrested on arson and related offenses, police said Friday.

Karamjit Singh, 33, is accused of giving the child fireworks outside his home in Levittown in the Town of Hempstead on the morning of July 4, Nassau County police said in a news release.

According to authorities, Singh instructed the child to set off the fireworks, but due to a “malfunction,” a detached shed caught fire and “erupted in flames.”

The fire then spread to Singh’s home on Red Maple Drive North and eventually to a neighbor’s home.

The Wantagh Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished the fires, officials said. While no injuries were reported, both homes sustained “significant damage,” according to police.

A tenant on the second floor of Singh’s house moved out “due to the damage,” authorities said.

Singh was arrested without incident by the Nassau County Arson and Bomb Disposal Unit. He is charged with second-degree arson, fourth-degree reckless endangerment, unauthorized sale of fireworks to anyone under 18, unauthorized possession of fireworks and endangering the welfare of a child.

The 11-year-old was handed over to a family member. The relationship between Singh and the child is unclear. It is also not known exactly what type of fireworks caused the fire.

Singh was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of people in the United States, mostly children and teenagers, are injured while using fireworks on Independence Day, July 4th.

In total, over 31,000 fires are caused by fireworks each year. According to data from last year, almost 30% of the estimated injuries involve children aged 15 or younger.