Fifth explosion terrorizes Austin, Texas

Published On March 20, 2018 | By HN Staff | International, News

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, speaks at a news conference for the latest bombing in Austin, Texas, U.S., March 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz)

Molly MacTaggart

A packaged destined for Austin, Texas exploded at a Fed Ex distribution centre in San Antonio this morning.

This explosion comes just two days after a fourth bombing rocked the city of Austin fresh off the South by Southwest music festival.

According to NBC News one person was injured, a woman, with head injuries including headache and concussion. The incident happened 12:30 A.M. local time.

Local San Antonio TV station WOAI reported that the explosion happened on a moving conveyer belt.

NBC reports that the FBI has sent 350 special agents, an unprecedented amount of resources sent in relation to  domestic explosions in Texas. According to the police, the devices used are getting progressively more sophisticated.

USA Today reports that two men were seriously injured on Sunday in Austin, the capital of the lone star state.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said to the media that a serial bomber is at large.

Manley said a bomb was placed next to a fence and  the men triggered it with their bikes Sunday night.

Using a tripwire, he said, reflects a “higher level of sophistication” than previously used methods in the attacks.

The police have raised concern that the bomber is targeting communities of colour because two victims were Black, one Hispanic and the most recent are white.

Source: Austin City Police


Austin police are advising the public not to handle any suspicious packages and report them immediately.

Today’s blast happened on the final day of the South by Southwest Music festival, which attracts many tourists, businesses and artists.

In the USA Today report Security Analyst Fred Burton says it’s too soon to rule this out as an act of terrorism.

Cancellations at the music festival occurred because of security concerns raised by the bombings.



Source: USA Today



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