Man, 73, severely burned by exploding package in Queens has died

NYPD and FDNY officials examine the front

George Wray, a 73-year-old man from Queens, New York, who was burned after opening a package that exploded in his hands on Friday, succumbed to his injuries and died, according to a report from WABC-NY.

The package, which turned out to be food, was reported to police at a home on 155th Street near 109th Avenue in Jamaica, around 12:40 p.m., according to an NYPD spokesman.

Wray owns four rental properties, authorities. He said the package was not addressed to anyone specifically, and had only a single word written on it, which multiple published sources said was the name "Mac".

"I saw the guy was on fire, his clothes were all burned up", said Audrey Campbell.

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The bomb squad spent the next several hours collecting evidence and testing residue on the brick wall and front door of the home. They found a cylinder-shaped package roughly the size of an oatmeal box filled with black powder - possibly gunpowder used in antique firearms. It was what he termed to be a "low explosive", with no shrapnel.

Following the explosion, Wray was left with second-degree burns on 80 percent of his body.

"The investigation is continuing", Schiff said Tuesday, explaining that he could not go into details.


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