Neighbors Return Home After Philadelphia Package Explosion

Neighbors have returned home to the apartment house where a Philadelphia man was injured when a package exploded as he opened it.

Police have not yet made an arrest or announced a motive in what they call a targeted attack on the 60-year-old victim. Police said the victim is in stable condition.

Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims, who represents the downtown Philadelphia district, said the victim is a member of the LGBT community. Sims is following the investigation to be sure the victim was not targeted over his sexuality.

The victim, who works in catering, shares the first-floor apartment near Rittenhouse Square with his partner. The partner told police the victim thought the package contained asthma inhalers that he orders by mail.

However, police do not think the package was sent in the mail because it contained an old bar code.

The victim suffered injuries to his hands, chest and face.

The approximately 10 people evacuated after the 4 a.m. explosion were allowed back home once police finished their work at the scene, a spokeswoman said.

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