Bomb Explodes After New York Prison Guard Finds Package At His Home

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A New York prison guard was severely injured when a bomb went off at his home Sunday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the corrections officer, who has not been identified, “was severely injured and received serious burns to his body upon opening a suspicious package at his home in Oneida County.” Authorities said a package was left by the mailbox at his home in Floyd. When he opened it Sunday morning, it exploded.

“I heard the loud boom, and I was scared,” resident Patricia Westcott told The Associated Press. “It did sound like a bomb.”

The man, 52, works at the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

“It is unknown at this time if this incident is connected to the victim’s employment as a State Correction Officer,” the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

State and federal law enforcement are working with local cops and prison officials to investigate the incident.

“The State of New York has no tolerance for any violence of this sort, and I have ordered a full investigation to find those responsible for this horrific incident,” Cuomo said in a statement. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, our thoughts and prayers are with this Correction Officer and his family during this difficult time, and we join them in hoping for a full and speedy recovery.”

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