Man Arrested in Cliffside Park Charged with Assault for Fatal Bronx Explosion
A man arrested in Cliffside Park NJ in September has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges stemming from a fatal explosion at a Bronx NY residence.
The fatal incident occurred at a house located in The Bronx, New York. NYPD officers and NYC firefighters went to the residence to investigate reports of a gas odor. When law enforcement officials knocked on the door to the residence, the suspect allegedly ran from the house. Moments later, the house exploded, killing an NYC Battalion fire chief who was struck by debris.
Law enforcement investigated the incident and determined that the suspect and at least one other person, a 32-year-old male, may have been operating a marijuana growing facility out of the Bronx house.
Authorities eventually tracked down the 34-year-old suspect at a home located in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.
Now the Cliffside Park man has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault. He recently appeared in Bronx Supreme Court to enter his plea.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Arrested after Blast Killed FDNY Chief Pleads Not Guilty.”