Incendiary device found in package in Austin Goodwill; 1 man injured

The explosion Tuesday night on Brodie Lane in southwest Austin.

(Fox 7 Austin)

At least one man was injured Tuesday night after coming into contact with a package containing an incendiary device at a Goodwill store in Austin, Texas, but the police and the FBI said it was not believed to be linked to the string of package bombs that killed two people in the last month.

#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.

— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 21, 2018

The victim was a Goodwill employee who was looking in a donation bin, KVUE reported.

The man in his 30s, suffered injuries that were “potentially serious, are not expected to be life threatening,” the county’s EMS-tweeted. Ambulance rushed him to a hospital.

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

Austin Goodwill spokeswoman Valerie Swift was crying when she told Fox News: “Senior Goodwill executives, and law enforcement are investigating.”

The Houston division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with FBI-San Antonio said that they had to react with Austin police on the scene.

At least five explosions have rocked the Austin and San Antonio areas.

Video of the scene in the last reported explosion in the area of Brodie/Slaughter intersection. @fox7austin #austinbombings

— Jennifer Kendall (@jenniferonFOX7) March 21, 2018

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.

Congressman Michael McCaul, a representative from Texas and the chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, told The Associated Press he was told by the federal government that investigators have obtained surveillance videos in Austin that is “possibly” show a suspect in the package bombings at a 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 officer, if the suspicious package later located at the FedEx location in Austin, according to Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who spoke with the American-Statesman. The two packages allegedly sent from an e-mail delivery office in Sunset Valley, Austin, a suburb south of the city centre.

This is a developing story; check back for updates. Fox News’ Maggie Kerkman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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