U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett told the Austin American Statesman that a bomb was found at an Austin FedEx warehouse.
That makes six bombs connected to Austin in the past three weeks
This bomb is believed to have been sent from the same private mailing facility in southwest Travis County as the bomb that exploded at the FedEx facility in Schertz earlier today, slightly injuring one person.
The opportunity to study an unexploded bomb created by the same person who has built bombs that have killed two people and injured five is expected to be a major boost to investigators.
FedEx released a statement to 1200 WOAI news this afternoon saying the Austin bomber DID send two bombs, both of which passed through the Schertz station:
FedEx Responds to Incidents in Texas
March 20, 2018Updated 12:00 PM CT
FedEx has confirmed that a package detonated at a San Antonio FedEx Ground facility early this morning. We have also confirmed that the individual responsible also shipped a second package that has now been secured and turned over to law enforcement. We are thankful that there were no serious injuries from this criminal activity. We have provided law enforcement responsible for this investigation extensive evidence related to these packages and the individual that shipped them collected from our advanced technology security systems. The safety and security measures in place across the FedEx networks are designed to protect the safety of our people, customers and communities, and to assist law enforcement as appropriate.
This after the San Antonio Police Department is now walking back his claim that two 'explosive-laden' packages were found in the Schertz Fed Ex office, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
One of the packages exploded as it was making its way down a conveyor belt, leaving a female FedEx employee with a possible concussion."
There was one other package that we believe was also loaded with an explosive device that they are working on right now," McManus said at a morning news conference.
But later, the Public Information Office said McManus 'misspoke' and there 'was no second device.'
Frank Ortega, Acting Chief of the local Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms office, declined to comment on what the package contained, and where it was heading, and he did not comment on whether there may be a connection between the bomb that exploded this morning, and four bombs which exploded in Austin in the past month.
"That's what we are working on right now," he said. "We are trying to sift through the evidence, and let the evidence take us where we need to go."He said the ATF has spent most of its time securing the sprawling FedEx building.
"We had to make sure the building was safe. We have just now entered the building to begin our investigation."
Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter said he has been told that the bomb was not destined for an address in Schertz and there is no danger to the citizens of Schertz.
Ortega even declined to discuss the size of the package that exploded.
McManus said he has also received assurances from the FBI that there will be a large presence of agents to protect against any disruptions to the NCAA Final Four later this month.
Meanwhile. the Police Department in the suburb of Sunset Valley, southwest of Austin, confirmed in a statement today that 'the source of the suspect packages' was a 'private package delivery office on Brodie Lane.
"The FBI is currently investigating a confirmed link between packages involved in the Austin bombing investigation and a mail delivery office in Sunset Valley," the Police Department said.