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Mail bomb sent to Arizona sheriff

PHOENIX — Arizona ­authorities say a package to ­Sheriff Joe Arpaio would have exploded if opened, leading to serious injuries or death.

Maricopa County Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan made the comment on Friday .

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The package intercepted in Flagstaff on Thursday was addressed to Arpaio at his Phoenix office. It had been left in a parcel locker in Coconino County, outside Flagstaff.

Postal Inspection Service spokesman Keith Moore said a courier brought it to the main Post Office in Flagstaff, and authorities used a water cannon to neutralize the package.

Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America,” said this was not the first time he was threatened. Arpaio is known for his strict treatment of inmates and cracking down on illegal immigration.

“Of course you worry. I’m a victim, I’m a witness. When you convict people, the victim has to be somewhat concerned. I’m a little concerned about my family,” Arpaio said.

Tom Mangan, of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, said it may have leaked gunpowder.

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