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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
By +Scott Leffler

WHEATFIELD — The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is investigating an explosion overnight at the home of Niagara County Legislature Chairman Bill Ross.

Police found Ross' stepson, 44-year-old Michael C. O’Neill — a former employee of the Niagara County Jail — with a "catastrophic injury to his foot." They also found bomb-making equipment.

"There was like powder and so forth. Cylinders to put it in. That sort of stuff," said Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour. He added, "That all has to be tested and confirmed but it was enough suspiction for us to move forward."

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office Criminal Division is now investigating the incident with he help of the Erie County Bomb Squad, ATF and FBI.

Police say the female 911 caller was providing first aid by applying direct pressure to the injury when they arrived. Mercy Flight responded and transported O'Neill to ECMC.

Voutour said the man's injuries are bad, but said, "I don't think it's life threatening."

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