Man critically injured when package explodes in his hands at home

BROOKEVILLE, Queens (WPIX) — An elderly man was injured when the package he was opening exploded in his hands, police say.

It happened around 4:15 p.m. in front of a private home on 222nd Street in Brookeville.

The man suffered burns over 80 percent of his body when he opened the canister package that was left on his porch.

According to NYPD Police Chief Boyce, no postal information was written on the gold canister device — which had a "mid-level sophistication."

The man, who residents say does not live in the neighborhood, but has property there, was rushed to the hospital.

A neighbor who lives down the block heard the explosion and ran over to see what happened.

"I saw the guy was on fire, his clothes were all burned up," said Audrey Campbell. "He was leaning down, just in shock."

Families have been evacuated from the block and authorities have expanded the crime scene to canvass the area as they work into the night.

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Man in critical condition after mysterious package explodes in his hands
An elderly man suffered burns over 80 percent of his body when the package he was opening exploded in his hands, police say.
An elderly man suffered burns over 80 percent of his body when the package he was opening exploded in his hands, police say.
An elderly man suffered burns over 80 percent of his body when the package he was opening exploded in his hands, police say.
An elderly man suffered burns over 80 percent of his body when the package he was opening exploded in his hands, police say.
An elderly man suffered burns over 80 percent of his body when the package he was opening exploded in his hands, police say.
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