An Arizona lawman said the suspicious package addressed to controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio "would have caused a major explosion" if someone had opened it. Jerry Sheridan, chief deputy of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, told reporters Friday the package was noticed by an alert postal employee in Flagstaff who thought he spotted gunpowder residue. Arpaio was at Sheridan's side as he spoke. Police in Flagstaff X-rayed the package, noticed what appeared to be an explosive device, and rendered it safe by blowing it up with a water cannon. Sheridan said the package was mailed Thursday, a day after the department received a death threat from a major drug cartel.
The department has received other threats in the past, but, Sheridan said, this development is "something that was brought to the height of seriou
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