NEW YORK — A New York City man was arrested after purchasing fireworks in Pennsylvania and bringing them back into Manhattan on Friday.
Stephen A. Chapin, 38, was arrested as he entered the Holland Tunnel.
An NYC Fire Marshal team that was conducting surveillance in Pennsylvania saw Chapin purchase $5,000 worth of fireworks, load them into the back of his Escalade and hide them with blankets and plastic.
Part of his purchase included mortar and rocket devices.
Chapin then drove back into Manhattan where fire marshals arrested him outside the Holland Tunnel.
In the days leading up to the July 4th holiday, the FDNY Bureau of Fire Investigation activates the Fireworks Enforcement Unit.
The Fireworks Enforcement Unit aims to stem the illegal flow of fireworks into New York City.
In recent years, more than 200 people have been arrested by the FDNY as a result of the investigations that have occurred.
It is illegal to possess, use or explode fireworks in New York City. Call 311 to anonymously report use, delivery or sale of fireworks.