Firecrackers Cause $20K in Damages at Rivington Street Bodega
The owner of SX Gourmet Deli on Rivington Street is out thousands of dollars after July 4 fireworks exploded his exterior utility unit.
Shortly after 4:00pm on July 4, unknown individuals on the north side of the street shot fireworks that scored a direct hit on the corner bodega. The incendiaries landed in the cage that houses the gas-powered AC unit, causing an explosion and plume of smoke.
The fire department responded and extinguished the fire.
The incident was caught on the store surveillance system.
Now, SX owner Saiful Islam, a Lower East Side resident, is out of luck. Between the destroyed HVAC and water-logged upstairs office at 115 Rivington, the damage is extensive. Repairs will likely cost in the neighborhood of $20,000 for this local small business.
Meanwhile, Islam is trying to sway the 7th Precinct to investigate.
“The detective called me the next morning and he was asking information and I said, ‘look I have the video,'” he tells us. “But I never heard anything back from the Precinct.”