FBI officials responded to an explosion at a FedEx sorting facility near San Antonio, Texas, early Tuesday morning. One woman suffered a minor injury from the explosion that took place inside the sorting facility, Breitbart reports.
UPDATE 8:15 a.m.: Officials with the Austin Fire Department tweeted that their Haz Mat team is investigating a “suspicious package” at a FedEx facility near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
A device exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx ground distribution facility in Texas injuring one person, which may be linked to a string of bombings that have rocked the state’s capital this month, officials said.
Schertz Police Lt. Manny Casas told Fox San Antonio a medium-sized box was on the conveyor belt when the explosion occurred shortly after midnight. Casas said a woman was treated for a “possible sound injury” and was released. FOX NEWS
“We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation, We are not providing any additional specific information about this package at this time.” ~ Fed Ex
— Charlie Cooper (@CharlieKENS5) March 20, 2018
The White House says the federal government is doing “whatever is necessary” to apprehend whomever is responsible for a series of explosions in Austin, Texas.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells Fox News Channel that President Donald Trump is aware of the situation.
Sanders says federal authorities are working closely with local authorities and have offered their full support and cooperation “to make sure we’re doing whatever is necessary and whatever is possible” to stop the explosions and find whomever is responsible. ABC Local 12.
Please continue to remain vigilant. pic.twitter.com/uvQrBqdCeU
— Chief Brian Manley (@Chief_Manley) March 20, 2018
San Antonio FBI office, Special Agent Michelle Lee, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that it is still early in the investigation, adding that “it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it’s related” to the four Austin bombings that have killed two people and injured four others since March 2. The latest bombing in Austin injured two men on Sunday.
Roughly 75 employees were working at the processing plant when the package exploded. The person hurt sustained a concussion-like injury from the detonation of the package, officials said.
Presently the FBI is leading an investigation that includes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as Schertz police and the San Antonio Police Department bomb squad. Officials said the scene has been secured.
More than 350 FBI agents have been brought in to help with the investigation into the bombings in Austin and a $115,000 reward is available for any information that leads to an arrest.
Bexar County Fire Marshal Chris Lopez reminds residents of possible indicators of package bombs:
- Unexpected or unknown packages
- Lack of a return address
- Excessive postage
- Packages marked “Personal” or “Private”
- Packages containing an irregular shape or surface
- Packages with excessive tape or protruding wires
- Packages with unusual markings, stains, spots or emitting unusual odors
Austin police and EMS units responded to what they called a “Bomb Hotshot” call Sunday night. EMS officials tweeted confirmation of transporting two people with serious but “non-life-threatening” injuries.
Chief Manley reported a “device” caused the explosion. He repeated reports that the device may have been triggered by a trip wire. Manley said this would be a departure from the previous package explosions that were triggered either by motion or by opening the package. The chief urged residents of the subdivision to remain indoors until after daybreak so that law enforcement officers could complete clearing the area.
Information covering the previous explosions in Austin was covered by AFF News:
A teenager was killed and at least two women were seriously hurt after a pair of explosions rocked homes in Austin on Monday — just two weeks after a third blast which authorities said is linked to at least one of Monday’s incidents, FOX News reports.
A separate explosion was reported around 11:49 a.m. in the Montopolis neighborhood, located southeast of downtown Austin. That blast left a woman in her 70’s with “life-threatening” injuries, officials said. The Austin-Travis County EMS said on Twitter a second woman in her 80’s was being treated for an “unrelated medical issue.”
For the 3rd time this month, Austin Police said they received a call about the explosion in a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city around 6:45 a.m., after the 17-year-old resident found a package on the front step, brought it inside, and opened it in the kitchen where it exploded.
You can read the original Intel of the 1st bombing by clicking on this AFF News link:
“I know you all will ask whether this is terrorism-related. Again there’s no information that we have right now to believe this is anything other than an isolated incident but we’re working diligently to understand this incident and to understand why it had occurred,” Police Chief Manley
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