Blast at San Antonio FedEx could be linked to Austin bombings

An explosion at a FedEx depot outside San Antonio is likely linked to the string of bombings that has terrified Austin and now all of Texas.

The blast at the courier’s ground facility in Schertz early Tuesday morning led to at least one injury, according to local police, who said that it occurred in a sorting area. 

Multiple news outlets said that FBI officials told them the package, which CBS Austin said contained nails, was destined for Austin.

One law enforcement source told CBS that it was “more than possible” that the explosion was connected to the series of bombings in the Texan capital.

“The bombings in Austin are terrible,” President Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “This is obviously a very, very sick individual — or maybe individuals.”

Authorities on Tuesday were also investigating a suspicious package at the FedEx facility near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Austin police said they reported to the building off McKinney road just before 6:30 a.m. The fire department and several other agencies are assisting with a HazMat investigation, which has not yet been tied to the early-morning incident in Schertz.

An ATF vehicle sits in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded on March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Tex.

An ATF vehicle sits in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded on March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Tex.

(Eric Gay/AP)

If confirmed as related, the blast in San Antonio would be the fifth explosion in three weeks.

The first explosion on March 2 killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephen House at his Austin home with a blast in the early hours of the morning. Authorities initially suspected the bombing was an isolated incident until a second and third bomb went off in Austin less than two weeks later.

Draylen Mason, a 17-year- senior at East Austin College Prep, was killed and his mother was injured during the second blast in a home also in East Austin. An explosion just hours later left Esperanza Herrera, 75 injured.

Similarities between the devices and the fact that all victims were black or Hispanic prompted authorities to investigate the bombings as potential hate crimes.

The number of injured climbed to five on Sunday when two men in their 20s became victims of a device using a trip wire.

Police said that the previous package bombs left on doorsteps were hand-delivered rather than sent through a service such as FedEx.

An explosion reportedly led to at least one injury at a FedEx facility outside of San Antonio.

An explosion reportedly led to at least one injury at a FedEx facility outside of San Antonio.

(Eric Gay/AP)

The shipping company would not confirm details about the package to the Daily News, but said in a statement that “that a single package exploded while in a FedEx Ground sortation facility early this morning.”

It said that the injuries to the worker were minor.

Agents from the FBI as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene of the San Antonio blast early Tuesday.

Austin Police said in a statement that they were aware of the incident.

Between 8 a.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said they’ve responded to 420 suspicious package calls, bringing the total to nearly 1,260 calls since around 8 a.m. on March 12.

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