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Suspect sets off firework in Bed-Stuy building, smashes several cars before fleeing the scene

Bomb Squad detectives investigate an explosion at 446 Madison St. in Bed-Stuy.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Authorities are looking for a suspect who attached a firework to an apartment door in Bedford-Stuyvesant early Friday morning.

Members of the FDNY and NYPD responded to reports of smoke at 446 Madison St. at 7:45 am on Sept. 10, according to authorities, who say firefighters and police officers discovered that someone had set off a high-grade firework inside the apartment building.

A preliminary investigation found that the suspect, who authorities would only describe as an unidentified man, also smashed 15 cars with a hatchet before he was stopped by a resident of the building. The suspect also is said to have family inside the unit. He fled the scene on a green dirt bike.

The suspect allegedly damaged more than a dozen cars.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

“The apartment unit involved suffered significant damage during the explosion,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who on the scene said that the incident did not appear to be an act of 9/11-related terrorism.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing by the NYPD Bomb Squad.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez reviews footage from an explosion inside the building.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Additional reporting by Lloyd Mitchell

This story first appeared on amNewYork.

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