Fifth parcel blast reported in Texas

A person is injured after a package en route to Austin exploded at a Schertz FedEx processing plant just after midnight on Tuesday.

"We've been scanning for an unknown package and stuff like that already so now I think we'll be even more anxious about wires", she told the Guardian.

"The first thing that the ATF is going to do with any explosion is they're going to be concerned about secondary devices", he said. Authorities say it was a bomb addressed to an Austin home that had been sent from Texas' capital city.

On Sunday, March 18, an explosion happened in Travis Country; two people were injured and taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter, ATF acting special agent in charge Frank Ortega and Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant special agent in charge James Smith were present at the press release.

The FBI couldn't confirm reports that the package contained metal shrapnel and nails.

Federal agents tell The Washington Post that a package bomb exploded around 1 a.m. Tuesday inside a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas.

If one perpetrator is behind the four Austin bombs and the device in Schertz, then the person deployed an unusually wide range of skills and delivery methods, CNN law enforcement analyst James Gagliano said.

The first two bombs killed black men and investigators believed that the third, which injured a Latina woman, may have been intended for a black family's home, police said, raising the possibility they were a hate crime. We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation.

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A company spokeswoman refused to say if that second package might have been linked to the one reported at the distribution center near the airport.

Shortly before the fourth bombing, the Austin Police Department raised the tip award to $100,000.

The FBI said they responded to two suspicious packages in two different locations - one at the Schertz FedEx facility and one at the McKinney Falls Parkway FedEx facility in Austin. After a blast on Sunday that was triggered by a tripwire, investigators said the culprit was likely more sophisticated than they had first realized.

It says it does not know of any known public safety threats but urges residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious packages or items.

The explosion was "very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin back on March 2, and if you'll remember, that incident also occurred in the morning hours when the victim, in that case, went out front and found a package on their front steps that exploded causing that individual's death", the Austin police chief said at a news conference.

Two people have died and four others have been injured in package bomb explosions in Austin this month. A worker nearby the blast was treated for reported ringing in her ears.

A Reddit user called "austinbomber" created an AMA thread, claiming he is behind the bombings across Austin.

While it is still early in the investigation process, FBI agents, along with local authorities, now believe that the explosion was linked to a recent string of explosions that have been devastating Austin, Texas, according to The Associated Press. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time.

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