Po­lice: Pack­age bomb tar­geted man in Philadel­phia apart­ment

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

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.

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