Package explodes in Texas FedEx facility
Manhunt intensifies for a serial bomber. Todd Piro reports from Austin, Texas
A device that exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx ground distribution facility in Texas, the wounding of a person, is likely to be linked to a series of attacks that rocked the capital of the state this month, federal officials said.
Schertz Police Lt. Manny Casas told Fox San Antonio is a medium-sized box was on the conveyor belt when the explosion occurred. Casas said a woman was treated for a “possible sound injury” and was released. He said that the blast happened shortly after midnight.
Schertz police could not immediately confirm what was in the package, but law enforcement officials told KSAT the medium-sized package metal shrapnel and nails and was on his way to Austin when it explodes on a running track.
Law enforcement responds after an explosion was reported at a FedEx ground distribution facility in Schertz, Texas.
The blast drew a large response from state, federal and local law enforcement agencies. Federal agents told the Associated Press, the package is likely to be linked to attacks in Austin.
The ATF’s Houston office said it responded to the scene in Schertz. Schertz is located 22 miles east of San Antonio and 73 miles south of Austin.
Officials on the scene after an explosion was reported at a FedEx ground distribution facility in Schertz, Texas.
The explosion comes a day after the authorities in Austin, said a “serial bomber” is probably responsible for four explosions in Austin this month, the last of those two people injured Sunday night after they crossed a trip wire with a fishing line.
Austin police chief Brian Manley said at a press conference Monday that, although the night of Sunday to Monday bomb was linked to the three previous blasts, the last bomb proved more refinement in contrast to the previous three incidents, which involved package bombs left on the doorsteps.
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“We have seen a change in the method of this suspect is,” he told reporters.
Frederick Milanowski, the special agent accountable for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said trip wire devices, possibly with the help of rod, are triggered by the victims to apply any form of pressure or tension.
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“We are more concerned now. That is, people see something suspicious, they stay away and contact law enforcement,” he said.
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The men wounded Sunday night in the explosion in the southwest of the Austin neighborhood of Travis Country, in the age of 22 and 23, are white, in contrast to the victims in the three previous attacks, which were black or Latino.
Sunday’s explosion was the fourth to rock Austin in less than three weeks. However, the previous three blasts took place on the eastern side of the city.
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The first was a package bomb that exploded at a northeast Austin home on March 2, killing the 39-year-old Anthony Stephen House. Two package bombs then exploded further to the south on March 12, the killing of the 17-year-old Draylen Mason, injuring his mother and injuring a 75-year-old woman.
As of Monday, the reward for information leading to an arrest in the deadly explosions has risen to $115,000. Manley said more than 500 officials, including federal agents have conducted 236 interviews in the next up-435 leads.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.