Suspicious package reported at Austin FedEx facility

Austin police have responded to the suspicious package at an Austin FedEx facility. (Source: KXAN/CNN)
Federal authorities are investigating a package explosion at a FedEx facility outside of San Antonio. (Source: KSAT/CNN)

AUSTIN (RNN) – Emergency crews have responded to a call regarding a suspicious package at a FedEx facility near the Austin- Bergstrom International Airport, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Police have dispatched a hazardous materials team to the FedEx ground delivery facility which is located in the 4100 block of McKinney Falls Parkway in Southeast Austin.

One worker was injured early Tuesday after a package exploded at another FedEx facility in Shertz, TX, police said.

The incident at a FedEx Ground sortartion facility happened after midnight Tuesday, KSAT reported.

The package was reportedly headed to Austin on a conveyor truck when it exploded.

One employee is beig treated for minor injuries, a FedEx spokesperson confirmed.

"We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation," and aren’t releasing any more specific information about the package, said Jim McCluskey, manager of FedEx communications.

The FedEx employee suffered a "percussion-type" injury from the blast, and it’s not believed to be life threatening.

The FBI couldn’t confirm reports that the package contained metal shrapnel and nails. The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local authorities are investigating the blast.

An FBI spokesperson said that it’s "more than likely" the explosion is linked to a string of bombings in Austin, TX, which is an hour away from Schertz, TX. A series of four bombings there have killed two and injured four.

"We are clearly dealing with a serial bomber," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said on Monday.

Authorities originally believed the attacks there could be racially motivated, but the fourth bomb appeared random, rather than targeted, the Associated Press reported.

The latest Austin bomb, on Sunday, used a trip wire and injured two. Those victims are expected to fully recover.

Local, state and federal officials are investigating the bombing, with rewards for information rising into six figures.

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