UPDATE: State Correction Officer injured by exploding package
UPDATE: Governor Cuomo has released a statement addressing the explosion of a package that injured a Department of Corrections Officer.
"Earlier today, a Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Correction Officer was severely injured and received serious burns to his body upon opening a suspicious package at his home in Oneida County. 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. The New York State Police and New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision are assisting the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and federal law enforcement agencies.
"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."
UPDATE: A statement sent from Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol has provided more details on today's reported explosion in the county.
Around 8 a.m. this morning, a resident of a home in the Town of Floyd picked up a package that had been left by the home's mailbox.
The package then exploded while the 52-year-old man held it.
The victim, who the Sheriff has not identified, suffered burns to his upper body. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital, then quickly transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.
According to the sheriff, the victim is currently employed as a Correction Officer for the NYS Department of Corrections. Authorities are unsure if the incident has any connection to the victim's employment.
Anyone with information on the incident, or anyone who witnessed anything suspicious on Old Floyd Road is encouraged to call the the Oneida County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Unit at 765-2237.
ONEIDA COUNTY --- The Oneida County Sheriffs Office is investigating a suspicious package that exploded in the Town of Floyd this morning.
According to WKTV in Utica, Oneida County 911 reports around 7:55 a.m. rescue crews were dispatched to 8219 Old Floyd Road, less than a half of a mile from the intersection with Camroden Road, for an emergency medical service call. A neighbor told NewsChannel 2 in that he heard "an extremely loud explosion" just before 8:00 a.m. that "sounded like two cars hitting head-on".
No information on any injuries or the severity of the explosion are known at this time.
The Sheriffs Office will be providing further information at 12:30 this afternoon.