Explosives said to be in package addressed to Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Laura Segall /Reuters /Landov

Authorities in Arizona say a package addressed to controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was safely destroyed Thursday after a test for explosive residue confirmed it "contained black powder," The Arizona Republic writes.

According to the Arizona Daily Sun, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said late Thursday night that the device was contained in a package addressed to the sheriff at his downtown Phoenix office. The sheriff's office says Flagstaff, Ariz., police reported that the package appeared suspicious so it was x-rayed and the device detected. A bomb squad team neutralized the explosive."

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