Package Meant for Austin Explodes at FedEx Facility Near San Antonio

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Posted: Mar 20, 2018 7:20 AM
Package Meant for Austin Explodes at FedEx Facility Near San Antonio

A package that was destined for Austin, Texas, exploded early Friday morning at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio.

The package exploded around 12:25 a.m. local time and injured one employee, according to the Associated Press, who "apparently suffered a non-life-threatening 'percussion-type' injury from the blast."

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The incident marks the fifth explosion of a device linked to Austin. Authorities believe the attacks are related and have labeled the suspect a “serial bomber,” as the devices have killed two people and injured several others so far.

Had Tuesday’s package reached its intended recipient, it could have proved lethal.

"[T]he package was moving from an elevated conveyor belt to a lower section when it exploded," according to CBS Austin, noting that it "contained shrapnel consisting of nails and pieces of metal, sources said.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to find the suspect behind the attacks on Monday and said more than 500 federal agents are working throughout the city and state to find the perpetrator.

"We are going to find this bomber and we are going to find this bomber soon," he said.

Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives held a press conference Sunday announcing they were increasing the reward to $115,000 if someone has information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the bomber. 

This post has been updated.