Cranford police arrest man for modifying, igniting fireworks

CRANFORD, NJ – A 26-year-old man was arrested for modifying mortar-style fireworks and setting them off along Raritan Road, police said.
Michael Kossup, 26, of Linden, was charged with possession of prohibited destructive devices, Detective Lt. Edward Davenport said in an email.
Davenport said Cranford police received calls from residents who reported hearing explosions June 20 at about 7:06 p.m.

Police interviewed residents and reviewed surveillance video. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Linden Police Department, the Cranford Police Department’s Detective Bureau assisted with the investigation.

Cranford police, with the assistance of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the Union County SWAT team, the Union County Bomb Squad, the Union County Sheriff’s Department and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, executed a search warrant at Kossop’s home on June 21.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said Kossop has been suspended without pay from his job on the tree crew in the department of public works. Armstead said he has worked for the city for five years.

Kossop was also charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Davenport said no injuries resulted from the explosions.