Fifth Texas package explosion reported outside of San Antonio

Flanked by federal agents, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley speaks at a press conference about the fourth bombing in Austin on Monday, March 19, 2018. The latest attack took place late Sunday in southwest Austin, seriously injuring two men. The three previous bombings took place in East Austin. By Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

BY BOBBY BLANCHARD – Texas Tribune

A fifth package has exploded in Texas outside of San Antonio. Federal officials say the explosion is likely linked to the “serial bomber” that has been planting packages in Austin.

A fifth package has reportedly exploded in Texas, this one at a FedEx facility in Schertz, which is outside of San Antonio. According to CBS News, federal officials say it is “more than possible” that the explosion is linked to the prior ones in Austin.

No one was injured, according to the Washington Post. The package was believed to be headed toward Austin, which has seen four bombings this month. The most recent Austin bombing occurred Sunday night and appeared to have been set off by a tripwire mechanism. Hundreds of law enforcement officials, more than 350 FBI agents, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and bomb technicians from Houston and San Antonio are now working the case, according to local and state officials.

Two people have been killed by the March explosions and four others have been seriously injured. Police believe the attacks are related.

“We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber,” said Brian Manley, Austin’s interim police chief, at a Monday press conference. “The belief that we are dealing with someone who is using trip wires shows a higher level of sophistication, a higher level of skill.”

Officials are offering a $115,000 award for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible. Abbott also released $265,500 in emergency funding on Monday for Austin police to buy seven bomb-detecting x-ray systems.

“I want to ensure everyone in the Austin region and the entire state that Texas is committed to providing every resource necessary to make sure these crimes are solved as quickly as possible,” Abbott said in a statement.

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