Explosion rattles shipping facility near San Antonio, days after Austin bombings

Danny Woods
March 21, 2018

Law enforcement reportedly said a link between the Schertz explosion and the multiple Austin explosions "is definitely a concern", according to the Post.

"They're looking at the devices, they're comparing them, looking for similarities", he said.

The victims, ages 22 and 23, were in stable condition at a hospital with "significant injuries". However, a spokesman for his department backtracked later Tuesday, saying that McManus "misspoke" when making those comments.

It's unclear whether the FedEx explosion was linked to the Austin bombings.

FedEx officials could not be reached immediately comment.

The incident happened at about 12:30 a.m.at the FedEx Ground distribution center in Schertz.

"We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation", and aren't releasing any more specific information about the package, said Jim McCluskey, manager of FedEx communications.

The latest developments, including the revelation of the second package and hundreds more reports of dubious parcels, added to the anxiety that one official described as "absolute panic".

According to local and state officials, hundreds of law enforcement officials, more than 350 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, troopers from Texas Department of Public Safety and bomb technicians from Houston and San Antonio were working on the case.

The federal official clarified with CNN that the second package being discussed was discovered at a sorting facility near the Austin airport and not in Schertz.

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If linked to the series of bombings in the Texan capital, the blast in San Antonio would be the fifth explosion in three weeks.

"It would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it's related" to the four bombings in Austin this month, FBI San Antonio spokeswoman Michelle Lee said.

A little after midnight on Tuesday, there was another blast in Texas, a state which has been recently rattled by package bombs. The explosion at the FedEx facility is not included.

The first explosion occurred in the early morning hours of March 2, 2018 at an Austin home.

Manley told the Austin City Council this morning that he believes the five explosions are connected.

The package was meant to reach an Austin address and the return address was also from Austin, according to CBS Austin. The fourth explosive is believed to have been detonated by a trip wire in a grassy area next to a road.

There are more than 500 law enforcement officials from local police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF working on the series of what appear to be serial bombings in Austin. "It's more sophisticated. It's not targeted to individuals. We're very concerned that with tripwires, a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something".

Authorities have seemed at a loss to explain who could be setting off the devices - or why - and have pleaded with the unknown attacker to communicate with them.

Authorities say two men, both in their early 20s, were injured in the latest explosion to rock the capital of the southwestern US state.

Austin police have received lots of tips, Manley said Monday night.

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