(RIVERDALE, Md.) — Vandals were caught on camera setting off fireworks on the front porch of a home in Riverdale, Maryland, setting it partially ablaze, the homeowner and the local fire department said.
The homeowner, Lavonia, who asked that her last name not be used for privacy reasons, told ABC News that the incident took place at 2 a.m. on Saturday, and they still do not know who set the fireworks off, or why. At least two men, who were shirtless, can be seen in the video lighting the fireworks before running away.
“We heard a very loud explosion,” Lavonia told ABC News. “I ran towards the front of the house and saw a lot of smoke. I figured where there is smoke there is fire. When I opened the front door it was just blazing.”
Lavonia said that the family just remodeled their home three years ago, and the damages from the fire on her home are severe.
Lavonia said she called 911 but that she and her family were mostly able to put the fire out themselves.
“When the fire department got here they said they couldn’t touch it,” Lavonia added. “They had to call the bomb squad.”
Beth Reed, a neighbor and the vice president of the local community association told ABC News that she lives a block away and heard the blast.
“It sounded like a car exploded,” Reed said. “We can’t figure out why it was that house. Nothing like this has happened before.”
“We have a very strong community and we look out for each other.” Reed told ABC News. “The community association is standing with the homeowners, whatever they need.”
The Prince George’s County Fire Department said they are not releasing the size or type of the fireworks involved, and that all fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County.
“This is an example of the powerful destruction caused by fireworks. This is the main reason we have outlawed all fireworks in our County,” Mark Brady, a spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Fire Department told ABC News Monday. They are still seeking information on the suspects.
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