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EXPLOSION IN SCHERTZ: Package explodes at FedEx facility, 1 employee hurt

Explosion at FedEx facility in Schertz on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

UPDATE: City of Sunset Valley (Municipality within Austin) says "FBI is currently investigating a confirmed link between packages involved in the Austin bombing investigation and a mail delivery office in Sunset Valley. It appears that the source of the suspect packages was a private package delivery office in Sunset Valley. SVPD officers are assisting with traffic control within the affected area of the shopping center at 5601 Brodie Ln. At this time there are no known public safety threats to Sunset Valley residents, visitors or shoppers. However, residents should remain vigilant and report any suspicious packages, items, or occurrences by dialing 9-1-1."

UPDATE: San Antonio Police Chief William McManus confirms there were two packages found at the FedEx facility in Schertz and one of them exploded.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed a package that exploded at a FedEx facility in Schertz on Tuesday morning was indeed headed for Austin and investigators are treating it as being linked to four bombings in the Austin area over recent weeks.

The explosion happened at about 12:30 a.m. at the facility on Doerr Lane, located near Nacogdoches Road and FM 3009. Investigators said the package was moving from an upper conveyor belt to a lower one when it detonated.

A female employee standing nearby was treated at the scene for a headache related to a possible concussion, but none of the 75 employees inside the facility were seriously injured. They were later moved by bus to another location to be interviewed.

Aerial footage of the facility showed packages lined up in rows in the parking lot, as though they were individually searched.

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FedEx later released a statement regarding the incident:

We can confirm that a single package exploded while in a FedEx Ground sortation facility early this morning. One team member is being treated for minor injuries. We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation. We are not providing any additional specific information about this package at this time.

As for the package, sources said it contained shrapnel consisting of nails and pieces of metal. The FBI said the explosion is likely connected to several incidents in the Austin area. The package was reportedly addressed to an Austin location, according to law enforcement sources. Of the incidents in Austin, two people were killed and six others were injured. Authorities also said those packages were placed by hand.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley released the following statement on the explosion Tuesday morning:

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. I want to continue to remind our community to pay close attention to any suspicious device whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack or anything that looks out of place, do not approach it. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Also remember do not move, touch or open unexpected/suspicious packages.


One man posted on Facebook that he was yards away from the package when it exploded. Kentahj Atm Murk Johnson wrote he was not hit by flying shrapnel and that police agencies responded in a timely manner.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available.

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