AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The San Antonio Police Department says its police chief was mistaken when he said that investigators found a second package bomb that hadn't detonated at a FedEx distribution center.
The department says in a news release police Chief William McManus misspoke at a news conference earlier Tuesday and that there was only one package bomb at the Schertz facility — the one that exploded.
It forwarded any inquiries to the FBI and Austin Police Department.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier told The Associated Press that there was a "suspicion" of another package, but he stopped short of confirming there were two.
Officials say the package bomb that exploded early Tuesday apparently went out from a FedEx store in the Austin enclave of Sunset Valley and was addressed to an Austin home. It blew up on a conveyer belt at the FedEx ground center in Schertz, which is outside of San Antonio and about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Austin.
By: WOAI Staff
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus confirmed a second package was found to be loaded with an explosive device at a FedEx facility on Tuesday.
He said the package was removed from the facility and was being 'worked on' by investigators. When pressed for more information, an SAPD spokesperson said off-camera, 'We can't talk about it.'
A first package detonated just after 12 a.m. at the facility on Doerr Lane in Schertz. A female employee standing nearby was knocked off her feet and suffered 'ringing in her ears.' No one else was seriously hurt.
Chief McManus provided the information just minutes after another press conference outside the FedEx facility, in which Asst. Special Agent-in-Charge James Smith would not confirm any details about the explosion.
The San Antonio Police Department is acting as a support agency and is supplying resources as the Austin Police Department works with federal agencies to determine who is behind several bombings in the Austin area.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says that the package was sent from Austin and was addressed to a home in Austin.
A lieutenant with Sunset Valley Police says they believe the package was shipped from a FedEx Office location at 5601 Brodie Lane.
FBI and Sunset Valley Police are currently on the scene and the store is closed.
Authorities say the package that exploded at a FedEx ground facility near San Antonio was on a conveyer belt when it detonated.
Schertz police Chief Michael Hansen said at a news conference that one worker reported feeling ringing in her ears after the early Tuesday blast, but she was treated and released.
Hansen said that the intended target of the parcel bomb wasn't the facility or anyone who lives in Schertz, which is about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Austin. But neither Hansen nor federal agents who spoke at the news conference would say where the package was sent to or from or give any other details about the investigation, saying it was still unfolding.
An FBI spokeswoman, agent Michelle Lee, said earlier Tuesday "it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it's related" to the four Austin bombings that have killed two people and injured four others since March 2.
AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - A package destined for an address in Austin exploded inside a FedEx distribution facility outside San Antonio early Tuesday, the company confirmed in a statement.
The package detonated around 12:25 a.m. at the facility in Schertz, Texas. Sources said the package was moving from an elevated conveyor belt to a lower section when it exploded.
Sources say the package contained shrapnel consisting of nails and pieces of metal, and FedEx confirms that one of the 75 employees in the facility was treated for minor injuries.
Officials say they are convinced the FedEx facility was not the target of the explosion.
CBS Austin has not independently confirmed these details.
According to employees in the shopping center, FBI and APD are on the scene.
While it's still early in the investigation, Special Agent Michelle Lee of the FBI in San Antonio says "it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it's related" to this month's serial bombings in Austin.
Law enforcement officials said those packages, that have so far killed two people and injured six others, have been 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."
There are several law enforcement agencies at the scene, including agents from the ATF, FBI and Homeland Security.