A 22-year-old of Jersey City was arrested on MLK Drive and Union Street on Monday, June 11.

JERSEY CITY — Two Jersey City police officers heard several loud bangs – similar to that of gunshots – and then saw numerous children scatter into the streets at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Union Street around 3:20 p.m. on Monday.

When the officers pulled up, they found Markel Tyler, 22, of Jersey City, holding a roman candle firework in his right hand in “a manner that would be perceived as a firearm” and then shooting it at a group of children, police said in a criminal complaint.

Tyler was placed under arrest and, upon search, was found to be in possession of four yellow pills suspected to be oxycodone and $330 worth of suspected narcotics earnings, police reported.

Tyler was charged with drug possession, possession with intent to distribute, causing or risking widespread injury or damage related to the roman candle, and disorderly conduct.

Police said the complaint that several children were put at risk when they ran into the busy streets trying to flee Tyler. New Jersey legalized some fireworks last year, but roman candles are still illegal in the state.

The 22-year-old appeared at his first hearing in Criminal Justice Reform Court via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny. A detention hearing as been scheduled for Friday. His case is being sent to the grand jury.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

      

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