Police: Package bomb targeted man in Philadelphia apartment
A bomb stuffed inside a padded envelope exploded in a downtown apartment early Tuesday when a man opened the package, apparently thinking it contained medicine, police said.
The victim was hospitalized with hand and chest injuries. Federal agents and the city bomb squad were investigating the blast that injured a man in his 60s about 4 a.m. Authorities said he had arrived home at that hour after being out of town and was opening his mail.
Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon the envelope contained some type of shrapnel and caused “substantial damage” to appliances in the kitchen. The man’s most serious injuries involved his left hand.
The package was “target specific,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. Authorities do not believe the envelope was sent in the mail, because it had an old barcode on it, he said.