N.Y. prison guard hurt by exploding package

Posted at 8:00 AM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 09:23:54-04

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a prison guard suffered serious burns when he opened an exploding package he found outside his home.

The Democratic governor says the corrections officer was severely injured when the item blew up Sunday morning in Floyd, a town near Utica. Neighbors say they heard a loud boom, followed by screams and sirens.

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says the 52-year-old victim is hospitalized in stable condition with burns on his arms and hands. Authorities haven't released his name.

Maciol says it's not yet clear whether the explosion was related to the man's work. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision referred inquiries to the governor's office.

Cuomo calls it "horrific." State and federal agencies are helping investigate.