Package destined for Austin explodes inside FedEx facility near San Antonio

Daniel Fowler
March 21, 2018

The explosion briefly shut down the Travis County neighborhood in southwest Austin and sparked concern among residents.

A homemade package bomb exploded on Tuesday at a FedEx Corp distribution center near the U.S. city of San Antonio, Texas, wounding one employee. An ATF spokeswoman earlier had said no injuries were reported.

"We now need the community to have an extra level of vigilance and pay attention to any suspicious device, whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack, anything that looks out of place, and do not approach it", said Manley.

Federal agents say the package is likely to be linked to attacks by a suspected serial bomber.

"We suspect it is related to our investigation", Lee said.

The first unconfirmed reports of the Schertz explosion came in around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Gov. Abbott said a $160,000 grant from the Criminal Justice Division will be provided to the City of Austin for bomb detection equipment, as well as a $105,000 grant for three scanning devices for the Texas Department of Public Safety to assist in the process.

The latest bombing in Austin injured two men on Sunday.

"We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation", said a statement from FedEx.

On Sunday, an explosion injured two men in their 20s.

Authorities originally believed the attacks there could be racially motivated, but the fourth bomb appeared random, rather than targeted, the Associated Press reported.

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"We can not rule out hate, but we're not saying it's hate", Manley also said of the motive.

The latest bombing in Austin injured two men on Sunday.

The first three devices were parcel bombs dropped off at night in front of homes in the east side of the Texas capital. Another official onsite said it is not believed Schertz or San Antonio were the intended targets.

Also on the scene were the San Antonio Police Department SWAT and bomb squads.

How are they examining the evidence?

"It was so dark they couldn't tell and they tripped", he said. "These are sick people, and we have to find them as soon as possible".

How are they handling the tips? Federal agents are at the scene. "We would really like the bomber to contact us so we can talk to him", Mr Combs said.

What resources are they getting?

Also, USD 265,500 from the emergency funds was released by the authorities for Austin police to buy seven bomb-detecting x-ray systems.

Manley, meanwhile, advised city residents to continue to practice caution and to keep police apprised of any suspicious activity.

Police in Sunset Valley, which is southwest of downtown Austin, said on Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a "confirmed link" between the Austin packages and a mail delivery office in Sunset Valley.

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