Scene of the explosion (Source: Google Maps)
The explosion that rocked a Marine Park block yesterday was caused by two teenagers’ attempts to make marijuana hash, the Daily News reports.
The duo, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old high school student, were critically injured in the early morning blast and were taken to Staten Island Hospital, where they were in stable but serious condition.
The incident happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Marine Parkway near Quentin Road. Cops told the Daily News that the two were attempting to make marijuana hash by dousing it with butane gas and allowing it evaporate. One of the teens lit a cigarette, causing the gas vapors to ignite.
The 17-year-old girl is a student at Rachel Carson High School in Brighton Beach.
According to the paper, cops found a “large amount” of marijuana, including plants. They had filled a 30-gallon tub with pot and covered it in butane.
Criminal charges are pending.
Scene of the explosion
Two people were critically injured after a propane tank blew up in Marine Park early this morning.
First responders arrived at the scene, a residential home at Marine Parkway and Quentin Road, at 2:29 a.m. today and doused the flames. The two critically injured people were transported to Staten Island University Hospital, a leading facility for treating burn victims.
As of this 9:00 a.m., the home remain cordoned off and a heavy police presence was on scene.
The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time. Sheepshead Bites has reached out to authorities for an update.
UPDATE (12:38 p.m.): First of all, my thanks to both the NYPD and FDNY, who responded to my request in record time. Both agencies are still investigating the incident, but the NYPD informed Sheepshead Bites that officers at the scene observed a garage in the rear of the home that had been converted into an apartment unit. That is where the explosion occurred. The two victims, and male and female, are both now in stable condition. The NYPD could not say whether the victims lived in the apartment, as their identification suggested they resided elsewhere.
Source: Google Maps
The building housing JR Exchange – or Jewelry Plaza, as it’s also called – sold to new owners earlier this month, and will be redeveloped to house multiple retail stores with possible office space on upper floors to be added.
The 6,000-square-foot building at 2003-2005 Coney Island Avenue sold on September 6 for $2.15 million, which includes Blossom Boutique and Spa, according to Arsen Atbashyan, the CEO of Commercial Acquisitions Realty Services, who brokered the deal.
The new owners don’t yet have renderings of the location, which is just north of Quentin Road and Kings Highway.
So… anyone got suggestions for the new landlord for potential tenants?
The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association is celebrating the holidays tomorrow with refreshments, music and a panel on community service.
The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Kings Chapel (Quentin Road and East 27th Street).
The panel, titled “Inter-relationships: Neighbors Serving and Sharing,” feautres Dr. Alvin Kass, Rabbi of the East Midwood Jewish Center & Chief Chaplain for the NYPD, and teacher Sally Hipscher.
Refreshments will be served and music will be played. Elected officials, the 61st Precinct Community Affairs Unit, and neighbors will attend.
For more info, call (718) 375-9158.
Kings Chapel. Source: Google Maps
Find incredible bargains on clothes, furniture, kitchen items and more during a yard sale hosted by the Kings Chapel, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the chapel, corner of Quentin Road and East 27th Street.
Funds raised from the sale of table and lawn spots will be used towards critically needed repairs of Kings Chapel’s roof and foundation.
Vendors: Reserve a seller’s table by October 5 for $15. Lawn spots are $10. In the event of rain, the yard sale will be rescheduled for October 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Jason at (917) 207-4048 or email email@example.com.
From our friends at the Knights of Columbus Council #126. They write:
Sean Casey’s Animal Rescue located in Brooklyn, New York is a not for profit organization whose endeavor is to aid unfortunate animals in the interest of a higher quality of life. They take in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners, zoos, shelters, and other public organizations. These animals are cared for, and/or rehabilitated to the best of their ability and means until which time they can be found healthy, happy homes – whether it be through adoption to qualified candidates or legally released into habitats suitable to the specific species in conjunction with licensed wildlife rehabilitators.
We just got word from reader Ilan S. that firefighters are responding to a call at Marine Park’s Frank’s Pizza, located at 2134 Flatbush Avenue on the corner of Quentin Road.
From the photo Ilan sent in, it looks like a lot of firefighters came out. You can see several checking on conditions on the roof. We’re hoping the lack of thick, black plumes of smoke suggests the pizzeria will make a quick recovery, and no one was hurt in this incident.
We’ll let you know if we hear anything new.
This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.
Two vehicles collided head on this morning, in an accident on Marine Parkway and Quentin Road at approximately 9:30 a.m.
Our tipster, Marc F., just missed witnessing the accident, but saw the aftermath and said at least one woman was taken from the scene with injuries.
Photo by Yuriy Semenov
There will be a public hearing of the New York City Water Board at 7:00 p.m., April 24, at Public School 222, 3301 Quentin Road in Marine Park, concerning a proposed seven percent increase on water rates. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Fiscal Year 2013’s water rate increase of seven percent is slated to take effect on July 1, 2012. According to the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, if the rate hike is implemented, based on the average consumption of 80,000 gallons per year, a typical single-family homeowner will see their water and sewer bills increase from $877 per year to $939 per year.
Additionally, the average multi-family unit with metered billing will see an increase from $571 per year for each individual dwelling unit to $610 per year for each dwelling.
The hearing is open to the public. However, residents who wish to speak much register by contacting Diane Easparro at the New York City Water Board at (718) 595-3591 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You must register to speak no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the hearing (that’s today!) Remarks are limited to five minutes in length.
Joe Savarese, with son Christopher and Mocha the bear. Photos by Erica Sherman
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” ― Fred Rogers, who would have been 84 years old today.
On St. Patrick’s Day, lifelong Marine Park resident Joseph Savarese, 39, rose before dawn on a foggy Saturday morning to quietly get his head shaved at Lucky’s Place barber shop on Quentin Road and East 31st Street.
He has done this every year for the past seven years.
The annual ritual of shaving his head is Savarese’s way of showing solidarity with children who suffer from cancer, part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven cancer charity.
And this year it had a very personal meaning.
Last month, many years after being diagnosed with the disease, an uncle of whom the soft-spoken Savarese was particularly fond, succumbed from the ravaging effects of cancer.
“He was battling two forms of cancer for the past 13-15 years. The cancer shattered his left leg last year,” Savarese said in an email, and, in early February, doctors discovered that his uncle’s spine also “had hair line cracks in it.”
See more photos and find out more about Savarese and his fundraising efforts.