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Astoria resident busted for fireworks

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:04 am, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

On July 3 officers confiscated thousands of dollars of fireworks and arrested an alleged Astoria dealer.

The day before the arrest, undercover officers bought $500 worth of fireworks from George Liakas, 26, near Hillside Avenue and Queens Boulevard, the NYPD said. During the transaction Liakas allegedly told the officers he had “a lot more fireworks” at his home.

The following day officers secured a warrant for the suspect’s home and car, which they said had fireworks in the trunk, on 49th Street.

When police entered the home they arrested the suspect and seized what they said were 50 boxes of assorted fireworks, two boxes of materials to create the colorful explosives, eight canisters of military-grade aluminum powder and five pounds of potassium perchlorate.

It was the 48th seizure by various NYPD units in advance of July 4, resulting in 68 arrests and the seizure of six vehicles allegedly either containing or used to transport illegal fireworks into the city from out of state. Thirteen of the seizures were made at vehicle checkpoints, and others as a result of buy operations and the execution of search warrants, police said.

In New York City all fireworks — as big as the ones that light up the sky and as small as sparklers — are illegal without a special permit.

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