Austin Goodwill explosion not linked to previous blasts, authorities say

A Tuesday night explosion in austin tx, Texas, was caused by an “incendiary device” and was not related to earlier bombings in Texas that have slain two people and severely wounded 4 others since March 2, law enforcement and federal authorities said.

Someone dropped off the box containing an “ artillery simulator” at an Austin Goodwill area that detonated, injuring an employee plus triggering a bomb scare.

Austin assistance law enforcement Chief Ely Reyes says there is “no reason to believe” the particular Tuesday blast was a copycat occurrence.

Tuesday’ s target was a Goodwill Industries employee who had been “being treated for non-life-threatening accidental injuries, ” the Austin branch from the nonprofit  messaged . The man, in his 30s, has been looking in a donation bin during the time of the blast, Austin’s  KVUE-TV reported .

Based on a Goodwill employee speaking to the outlet , the victim was talking along with someone about safety when the dubious item was found. While wanting to dispose of it, an employee handled among the artillery simulators and it went away, the Austin American-Statesman reported .

The individual experienced injuries that were “potentially serious, not really expected to be life-threatening, ” the particular county’s EMS tweeted.   Paramedic rushed him to a hospital. The particular victim was treated and launched from care, a spokesperson through St . David’s South Austin Clinic told the American-Statesman .

Reyes said this kind of military items are sometimes mistakenly given to Goodwill rather than being correctly disposed of. Austin Goodwill spokeswoman Valerie Swift was crying when the girl told Fox News: “Senior Goodwill executives and law enforcement are checking out. ”

Goodwill Austin tweeted that from “an abundance of caution for the Team and customers, all Goodwill Stores will be closed. ” The particular duration of the closures was ambiguous.

The  Houston department   of the Bureau associated with Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with  FBI San Antonio   said they were working with Austin law enforcement in the investigation.

At least 5 other explosions have got rocked the Austin and San Antonio areas in recent days.

Previously Tuesday,   a package exploded on the conveyor belt at  a FedEx shipping center in  Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, injuring the worker.   Also Tuesday, the particular FBI said a suspicious bundle reported at a FedEx distribution middle near the Austin airport “contained a good explosive device. ”

Authorities said the 2 packages were connected to four previously explosions that have occurred in the condition throughout March.

U. S. Rep. Jordan McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the Linked Press he was informed simply by federal authorities that investigators have developed surveillance videos in Austin that “could possibly” show a suspect within the package bombing at the FedEx submission center near San Antonio.

McCaul stated he was briefed by the F, ATF and Austin police around the situation and added that he wished the bomber’s “biggest mistake had been going through FedEx. ”

The detonated package deal bomb at the Schertz facility had been reportedly sent by the same individual, and from the same mail shipping office, as the suspicious package afterwards located at the FedEx location in austin tx, according to U. S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, who spoke in order to the  American-Statesman .

The two packages were reportedly delivered from a mail delivery office within Sunset Valley, an Austin region south of downtown.

Fox News’ Maggie Kerkman and the Associated Push contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor pertaining to Fox News. Follow him upon Twitter @bradford_betz.