men have been arrested after police said they caused an explosion and a
fire in a Hicksville home while they were conducting a "Tobacco Treating” operation for the use in hookah pipes.
Police said that the operation involved treating tobacco with
acetone, which created a "highly volatile and explosive atmosphere."
During the production and packaging of the tobacco, police said an
explosion and fire erupted.
A small fire in the basement of the residence was extinguished by
the Hicksville Fire Department, and no injuries were reported, according
Davinder Singh, 48, of Queens, and Surender Bhatty,
63, of Carpentersville, Ill., were charged with first-degree reckless
endangerment and fourth-degree arson. They will be arraigned in First
District Court, Hempstead on September 18.
Dinesh Arora, 38, of Hicksville, was charged with
first-degree reckless endangerment and was arraigned on Sept. 17 in
First District Court, Hempstead.