Police: Goodwill employee injured by artillery simulator
The authorities say they have no reason to believe that the incident is in connection with a series of package bombs that are focused on central Texas.
A Tuesday night explosion in Austin, Texas, was caused by an “incendiary device” and was not related to previous attacks in Texas that have killed two people and seriously injured four others since 2 March, police and federal authorities said.
#UPDATE: There was no package explosion in the 9800 block of Brodie Ln. Items inside package was not a bomb but an incendiary device. At this time we have no reason to believe that this incident is related to previous package bombs. #Breaking #packagebombmurders
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 21, 2018
BREAKING: ATF responded to a report in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane, Austin. It was not a package bomb. An incendiary device was located, one wounded. At this time, it does not seem to be related to the #packagebombmurders. pic.twitter.com/bEuskJm0Ii
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 21, 2018
Someone dropped off a box with an “artillery simulator” at an Austin Goodwill location, which explodes, injuring a worker and triggering a bomb scare.
Senior Leadership and authorities are investigating a possible explosion in a south GW store. It is our understanding that a Member of the Team is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. In an abundance of caution for our Team and customers, and all Goodwill Stores will be closed.
Goodwill Austin (@AustinGoodwill) March 21, 2018
Austin the help of the chief of Ely Reyes says that there is “no reason to believe that” the Tuesday blast is a copycat incident.
FINAL Multiple assets #ATCEMS @AustinFireInfo @Austin_Police are on scene Brodie Ln/W Slaughter Ln (1902) reported explosion: #ATCEMSMedics transported ~30 man with a potentially serious, are not expected to be life threatening injuries to St. David’s South Austin. No further info avail.
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) March 21, 2018
Tuesday the victim was a Goodwill Industries employee who was “treated for non-life-threatening injuries,” Austin branch of the non-profit tweeted. The man in his 30s, was looking in a donation bin at the time of the explosion, Austin’s KVUE-TV reported.
According to a Goodwill representative to speak with the exhaust, the victim was talking with someone about safety when the suspicious item was found. While trying to get rid of it, a staff member dealt with one of the artillery simulators and it went off, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The individual suffered injuries that were “potentially serious, not expected to be life-threatening,” the county’s EMS-tweeted. Ambulance rushed him to a hospital. The victim was treated and released from care, a spokesman for St. David’s South Austin Medical Center told the American-Statesman.
Video of the scene in the last reported explosion in the area of Brodie/Slaughter intersection. @fox7austin #austinbombings pic.twitter.com/5uQXBIiOxO
— Jennifer Kendall (@jenniferonFOX7) March 21, 2018
Reyes said the military items are sometimes mistakenly donated to Goodwill instead of in the right way is removed. Austin Goodwill spokeswoman Valerie Swift was crying when she told Fox News: “Senior Goodwill executives, and law enforcement are investigating.”
Goodwill Austin tweeted that “an abundance of caution for our Team and customers, and all Goodwill Stores will be closed.” The duration of the closure was unclear.
The Houston division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with FBI-San Antonio said that they were working with Austin police in the investigation.
At least five explosions have rocked the Austin and San Antonio areas in the past few weeks.
Earlier Tuesday a package exploded on a conveyor belt at a FedEx shipping center in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, injuring a worker. Also Tuesday, the FBI said a suspicious package reported at a FedEx distribution center near the Austin airport, “contained an explosive device.”
The authorities said the two packages were connected to the four previous explosions that have occurred in the state during the entire month of March.
USA. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the Associated Press that he was informed by the federal government that investigators have obtained surveillance videos in Austin that is “possibly” show a suspect in the parcel bombing at the FedEx distribution center near San Antonio.
McCaul said he was briefed by the FBI and the ATF and Austin police on the situation and added that he hoped that the bomber’s “biggest mistake was by FedEx.”
The package detonated the bomb in the Schertz facility was allegedly sent by the same person, and of the same mail delivery office, if the suspicious package later located at the FedEx location in Austin, according to the US. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, who spoke with the American-Statesman.
The two packages were allegedly sent from an e-mail delivery office in Sunset Valley, Austin, a suburb south of the city centre.
Fox News’ Maggie Kerkman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.