A powerful explosion rocked the Bronx last night, turning a garbage can to shrapnel and shattering windows as far as a block away. According to police, the explosion, which one investigator describes as "high grade professional fireworks, very strong fireworks," occurred at approximately 11 p.m. in a garbage pail that was dragged out to a pitcher’s mound in Pelham Bay Park.
The explosion was heard by residents of Scarsdale, Yonkers, and even as far away as New Jersey, and the Office of Emergency Management issued an alert about an hour later announcing that investigators were responding to "reports of a loud noise possibly caused by illegal fireworks in the Pelham Bay Park area of The Bronx."
Police say they found unexploded fireworks at the scene of the explosion and detonated them at an NYPD firing range. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Some locals, however, aren't buying the official story about a box of fireworks. "Those were definitely not fireworks!” one resident named Maria Castro told Epoch Times. “Every single house in Country Club shook. It felt like a car crashed into my house!" Another resident, Kelly McCormick, added, "This whole ‘large box of fireworks was detonated’ excuse seems thin. You don’t feel an explosion in Westchester from fireworks in the Bronx." McCormick and Castro could not be reached for further comment from their new homes in a CIA black site.