Package Explodes At FedEx Facility Near San Antonio, Likely Headed For Austin
A package exploded at a FedEx Ground distribution facility in Schertz, near San Antonio, on Tuesday. Officials said the device was headed to Austin, the site of four other explosions this past month.
What we know:
- A package exploded at a FedEx Ground distribution facility at around 12.25 a.m. in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio.
- An unidentified FedEx worker was treated and released at the scene.
- Schertz Police Chief Michael Hansen said the package blew up while it was on an automated conveyor.
- The package was addressed to a location in Austin. It's the fifth bomb explosion either in Austin or meant to be delivered to Austin.
- After confirming a second package was being investigated in Schertz, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus retracted this statement. "There is no secondary device at the Schertz facility," a news release said.
- Meanwhile, Austin law enforcement and the FBI said a a total of two additional packages are being investigated.
- At 12:30 p.m., FedEx confirms a second package was shipped from "the individual responsible."
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2:11 p.m. — Schertz Police posted precautions when encountering suspicious packages.
1 p.m. — President Trump addresses the Austin bombings.
12:30 p.m. — FedEx issues a statement about the bombing, confirming a second package was shipped by "the individual responsible."
12 p.m. — The Sunset Valley Police Department said the FBI is currently investigating a suspicious package.
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11:25 a.m. — Austin police is reporting 420 suspicious packages reported in a 24 hour period.
APD responded to 420 suspicious package calls between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today bringing the total number to 1,257 calls since approximately 8 a.m. on March 12.— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) March 20, 2018
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10:53 a.m. — San Antonio Police Chief William McManus confirmed second package is current being investigated.
10:21 a.m. — Schertz Chief of Police Michael Hansen talks about the explosion. Watch part of the news conference.
From earlier: Schertz Police provide update on a package explosion at @FedEx facility off FM 3009. FBI/ATF did not state anything specific about what triggered the explosion, what was in it, and its origin or destination. @TPRNews pic.twitter.com/IGwyFqxtLS— Joey Palacios 😷 (@Joeycules) March 20, 2018
9 a.m. — TPR reporter Joey Palacios at a news conference in Schertz.
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Monday — FBI announces award of up to $100,000 after a fourth bomb explodes, injuring two people.
#FBI, @ATFHou, & @Austin_Police offering a reward of up to $100K for info leading to the arrest & conviction of person(s) responsible for the package bombs which recently injured & killed several Austin residents. Call 512-472-TIPS (8477) w/ tips. https://t.co/8Yfvfyg1uM pic.twitter.com/SFpkT7z3Vv— FBI (@FBI) March 19, 2018
MARCH 18: Police confirmed a bomb on the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive in Southwest Austin on March 18 injured two white men in their 20s.
MARCH 12 — A 17-year-old boy Draylen Mason was killed and a woman was injured when a package exploded at a home near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Springdale. A few hours later, a 75-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after an explosion in the Montopolis neighborhood.
MARCH 2 — The first package bomb detonates in Austin, killing 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House at his home near I-35 and Howard Lane.
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