A Bohemia man was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon after police said he threw a bottle full of flammable liquid out of a car window, starting a fire on a local street Sunday in Lake Grove.

The incident occurred at about 7:50 p.m., Suffolk County police said. Police did not identify the street where the incident occurred due to what they called "investigative reasons."

Police said that a local resident told responding Fourth Precinct officers that a man threw the bottle from a car window, then fled. The resident said that when the bottle landed in the street it caught fire -- and that he put out the flames with a hose.

The witness provided officers with a vehicle description.

Police said the car was located about 40 minutes later at a Gulf gas station on Expressway Drive South in Holbrook.

The driver, Anthony Persico, 25, of Bohemia, was then identified as the man who threw the incendiary device, police said.

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Arson Squad detectives then arrested Persico and charged him with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He is scheduled for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Central Islip.