Bomb squad takes control of fireworks-filled van that man agreed to sell for $600: CPD report

Abdallah Alhmoud (Chicago Police Department, Jamie Fenn)

CHICAGO — Some parts of the city may be just a teeny-tiny bit quieter this holiday weekend after Chicago police officers allegedly caught an Indiana fireworks store employee selling a van full of pyrotechnics on Monday evening.

The officers were on patrol in the 1200 block of West 86th Street when they saw four men moving fireworks from a van containing a “large amount of fireworks/explosives” to an SUV around 6 p.m., a CPD report said.

As soon as the cops turned on their blue lights, two of the men hopped into the SUV and sped away. Officers detained the other two and eventually charged one of them, 21-year-old Abdallah Alhmoud of Orland Park.

Alhmoud allegedly told the officers that he had bought the fireworks from a store where he worked in Indiana. The police report said he arranged to sell the entire collection to the two men who escaped in exchange for a $600 CashApp payment.

According to CPD, the police seized 23 three-inch aerial mortars, 47 “homemade explosive devices,” 13 professional grade four-inch mortars, six “professional use” pyrotechnics, three 49-shot pyrotechnic fan cakes, seventeen 25-shot pyrotechnic fan cakes, and about 500 rounds of miscellaneous consumer grade fireworks.

The Chicago Police Department bomb squad took possession of Alhmoud’s van and the fireworks, the report said.

Alhmoud faces a felony charge of transferring explosive material without a federal license. They also charged him with misdemeanor fireworks possession and a city ordinance violation for possessing a police scanner during an illegal act.

He was released from custody by Judge David Kelly on Tuesday afternoon.

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