RICHMOND HILL, Queens (WABC) — A family in Queens learned about the dangers of setting off illegal fireworks when their home went up in flames Monday during Fourth of July celebrations.

The family’s house was hit with a powerful firework from a party happening next door outside a bodega, and flames quickly spread to the upstairs of the home.

Fed up and frustrated, Shariff Khan talked exclusively to Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson after firefighters rushed to his home.

“Fire on the wall, and the plastic was boiling and melting, dropping down, dropping down,” Khan said.

It’s tough to make out, but in a video, you can see flames and hear even more fireworks going off as crews check for hot spots.

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The Fourth of July party that went terribly wrong, unfolded behind a restaurant on 101st Avenue in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.

Even on Tuesday, there were clear signs that there was a gathering which included fireworks.

“It wasn’t small firecrackers, these were like boom, the house was shaking,” neighbor Eddie Badillo said.

Khan and his family are fine but worry that had they not been home Monday night, they could have lost everything.

He and others here say this isn’t the first time they’ve had problems with the eatery, which opens in the afternoon and closes early the next morning.

“They party here every day like it’s a free-for-all,” Badillo said.

“I called 311 because of the garbage, the stink, the rodents and even talked to them, but they’re not people who want to listen to what you have to say, they are arrogent,” Khan said.

The eatery had no comment.

Khan is hoping someone sees this and does something. He’s lived here for more than a decade.

“I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid, this is my livelihood, I live here, I worked for this, no one gave this to me, I worked for this,” Khan said.

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