Package headed to Austin explodes at Schertz FedEx ground facility

Police in Austin Texas are investigating a series of deadly bombings in recent weeks

The latest explosion rocked a FedEx depot outside San Antonio Tuesday, injuring at least one person.

Austin Police Officers are investigating a suspicious package at the FedEx building near the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

Lee didn't have details about the size, weight or description of the package. The Schertz explosion makes the fifth explosion in area since March 2.

The Brodie Lane location is in Sunset Valley, southwest of downtown Austin.

The overnight blast left two young men with serious injuries, although doctors say they are not life-threatening.

Officials did not say if they believed the device, which exploded at the FedEx facility near San Antonio, was the work of a "serial bomber" who police feared may be responsible for the four earlier devices, which killed two people and injured six others.

According to investigators at both scenes, the devices used in their killings were rudimentary pipe bombs rigged to explode once their containers were opened.

ATF Special Agent Fred Milanowski said a trip wire bomb uses a wire, and when pressure is placed on the wire, it detonates a device; it could be as simple as tripping over the wire or picking up a package, he explained Monday.

Authorities say a serial bomber's likely to blame for the four explosions in Austin and likely linked to the latest explosion outside San Antonio.

Manley also urged residents to call police with any tips they may have.

Manley, in response to the FedEx case, said Tuesday that his department is "working closely on the investigation" with federal officials.

"The FBI is now investigating a confirmed link between packages involved in the Austin bombing investigation and a mail delivery office in Sunset Valley". A woman reported ringing in her ears but no one else was hurt.

"If this is connected, we're seeing a major shift where the person may be beginning to rely on professional carriers to distribute these explosive devices", Plohetski said.

Austin, with a population of almost 1 million people, is home to the University of Texas and a plethora of technology companies and has been one of the fastest growing major U.S. cities.

Tuesday morning Austin interim police Chief Brian Manley addressed the Austin City Council to give them an update on the Austin bombings.

The package was reportedly shipped from a FedEx store in Austin.

The incident occurred at 00:30 (05:30 GMT) in Schertz, 65 miles (104km) south of the city of Austin, where four bombs have killed two people in recent weeks. "We are not providing any additional specific information about this package at this time".

In Austin, authorities have been combing for clues to the four explosions there - the first three of which involved cardboard packages that were left in front yards or porches and weren't delivered the US Postal Service or services such as UPS or FedEx, police say.

Police and federal agents had said that the blast triggered along a street by a almost invisible tripwire suggested a "higher level of sophistication" than they had seen in the three earlier package bombs left on doorsteps, and meant the carnage was now random, rather than targeted at someone in particular.

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