FBI: FedEx bomb near San Antonio tied to Austin bombings

By Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter

SCHERTZ, Texas - Federal law enforcement authorities said Tuesday the package bomb that exploded at a FedEx shipping center near San Antonio is connected to the string of deadly bombings in Austin.

The explosion at the facility in Schertz, Texas happened just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"We received a call that a medium-sized box exploded while it was on the conveyor belt at the FedEx building," said Schertz Police Department Lt. Manny Casas.

There were 75 workers inside at the time of the blast.

"One employee that was standing near the explosion later complained of ringing in the ears. She was treated and released. We were very fortunate that there were no injuries," said Schertz Police Chief Michael Hanson.

The San Antonio police bomb squad, along with FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, went to the blast site to gather evidence.

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"We've been working around the clock. The public's safety is our first priority," said ATF Special Agent In Charge Frank Ortega.

This latest incident is a bit unnerving to former Houston residents Jan and Bryan Wallace, who now live just a few miles from the Schertz FedEx shipping center.

The Wallaces and many others in Central Texas are hoping whoever is responsible is caught soon.

"He may have set his fortune in this one because if there's cameras wherever he dropped the box it could be the end of it," said Jan Wallace.

Authorities are still need tips from the public. They are asking anyone with information about the case to call 512-472-8477.

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