Meet The Only Guy Charged With Possessing Illegal Fireworks In Chicago This Year

Christian Sewell (inset) is the only person charged with possessing fireworks in Chicago since 2016.

Christian Sewell may be the unluckiest man in Chicago.

In a city that seemed to be filled with the sounds of fireworks exploding for days at time over the 4th of July weekend….

In a city so laden with the snaps, cracks and pops of pyrotechnics, that the police department blamed fireworks for messing up its gunfire-locating technology

In a city with so many illegal fireworks flying into the air, that an incoming airline passenger’s video of the light show has captured 39,000 hits….

…30-year-old Sewell of the South Deering neighborhood was the only person to be arrested for possessing fireworks in the entire city on the Independence Day weekend.

In fact, Sewell is the first person to be charged with possessing fireworks in Chicago since November 3, 2016.

Around 9:30 p.m. on July 3, cops were called to the Dearborn Homes CHA facility at 2910 South Dearborn where a security guard was detaining Sewell for allegedly selling fireworks on the premises.

Police inventoried a “black bag of miscellaneous fireworks” and prosecutors charged Sewell with one misdemeanor count of possession of fireworks.

He was released on a $1,500 iBond and he must be wondering where the whole thing went wrong.

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