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Austin police receive several hundred suspicious package calls

Austin police receive several hundred suspicious package calls

This is the fifth explosion this month in the Austin area, and it is very likely the work of a serial bomber.

The bomb which exploded in Schertz was filled with nails and shrapnel, officials say. "We are very strong".

"The Austin Police Department is aware of the incident that has occurred in Schertz, Texas and is working closely on the investigation with our federal partners, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives", said Manley.

Authorities suspect that this latest blast is related to the other bombings in Austin. "But it also increases the likelihood that he would make a mistake".

Emergency crews also responded to a call regarding the second package FedEx confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

The explosion Tuesday night unfolded on Brodie Lane in southwestern Austin.

"We are investigating it as being possibly related to our open investigation", FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. "It appears that the source of the suspect packages was a private package delivery office in Sunset Valley".

"I'm not confirming anything that we do not believe should be out in the media based on the integrity of the investigation", Manley said.

"It would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it's related" to the other four Austin bombings since March 2, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Michelle Lee said.

The huge depot is feared to have been targeted just hours after an Austin-bound package exploded in another FedEx facility in Schertz, Tx.

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Police said the explosion was connected to three previous bombings in Austin and the bomber used a tripwire in the latest attack, showing a higher level of skill.

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

Here is the timeline of events that have led hundreds of investigators on a manhunt. "We went out and heard all the sirens, but it was eerie".

"We want to talk to him because we don't quite understand what is the message he is trying send why is he doing this", FBI Agent Chris Combs said.

"We're going to be here for a little while", Smith said.

But Manley said police have been unable to determine a motive for the bombings. "We are sending all of the evidence to the ATF lab in Quantico, and they are conducting all of the post-blast analysis of the evidence that we have recovered".

"We are now investigating them", the spokesman said, declining to confirm whether the Reddit user is considered a suspect.

Police have urged Austin residents to report any suspicious packages. Austin police say they have now responded to more than 1,200 reports of suspicious packages in a little more than a week - without finding anything unsafe. A male in his 30s was transferred to St. David's South Austin with potentially serious injuries although not expected to be life-threatening.

The last attack in Austin happened after a pedestrian triggered a tripwire in a quiet Texas neighborhood, which prompted authorities to repeat warnings about not touching unexpected packages and issued new ones about any stray objects left in public, especially ones with protruding wires.