AUSTIN, Texas — A package that exploded at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio early Tuesday is linked to four blasts in Austin this month, a source briefed on the investigation told World News.
Tuesday’s explosion occurred around 12:25 a.m. local time (1:25 a.m. ET) in the sorting area of a facility in Schertz, Texas, officials said.
At a news conference Tuesday morning, authorities were hesitant to make a connection between the FedEx explosion and the Austin incidents, highlighting that it was early in the probe.
But a source briefed on the investigation later told World News that the blasts are linked.
Officials confirm a package exploded at Texas FedEx facility
Schertz is located 50 miles away from Austin. The most recent blast in the Texas capital injured two men on Sunday night.
The source added that the bomber is thought to have mailed two packages from a FedEx drop-off center on Brodie Lane in Austin.
One of the packages made it to Schertz where it exploded before it was to be sorted and returned to Austin, while the other arrived at a FedEx facility near the Austin airport, according to the source.
Both packages are believed to have contained nails, the source said. They were both thought to be bound for Austin.
FedEx confirmed that “the individual responsible also shipped a second package” in a statement Tuesday afternoon, but did not provide additional details. The firm added that the second package had been “secured and turned over to law enforcement.”
No one was hurt at the Schertz FedEx facility, although one employee standing near the explosion was treated and released after complaining of ringing in her ears, Schertz Police Chief Michael Hansen said.
The package “had been traveling along the automated conveyer when it had exploded,” Hansen said during a press conference. “We were very fortunate that there were no injuries.”
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting with the investigation.
Authorities weren’t able to comment on whether there was a return address listed on either package.
Package detonates at FedEx facility near San Antonio, Texas
Residents in Austin have been on edge after four bombings that have killed two and injured four others in under three weeks.
Authorities say a “serial bomber” is at large and warned that the devices appear to be getting more sophisticated.
The latest Austin blast occurred Sunday evening when two men received non-life-threatening injuries after apparently setting off a tripwire in the southwest of the city.
Victim Will Grote had what looked like nails embedded in his legs, his grandfather, Will Grote Sr., told World News on Monday.
Since March 2, there have been three other devices that blew up. Unlike Sunday’s, which had been left next to a fence, the others were placed outside homes.
“With this tripwire, this changes things,” said Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio division, during a news conference on Monday, referring to the previous day’s explosion. “It’s more sophisticated, it’s not targeted to individuals … a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something.”
The FBI has sent 350 special agents to Austin as well as extra bomb squads.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said his department was aware of the Schertz incident and was working with federal partners on the investigation.
He reminded the community to “pay close attention to any suspicious device, whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack or anything that looks out of place” and to call 911 instead of approaching such items.”
Gabe Gutierrez reported from Austin, and Elizabeth Chuck reported from New York.