One person injured in another Austin explosion; officials say not related to previous package bombs

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police responded to another reported explosion Tuesday night, officials say, but they believe this one is not related to other recent bombings.

The police department tweeted about the incident at about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday and said it reportedly happened at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city.

Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted Thursday evening that at least one person was injured.

Austin police said in a tweet the latest explosion was not due to a package bomb. Instead, police said an incendiary device was located.

The department said, at this time, it does not appear to be related to the previous bombings.

Though unrelated to previous incidents, this is the sixth explosion in the Austin area since March 2. Austin police said they believe they’re dealing with a “serial bomber” in regard to the previous explosions.

Before Tuesday night’s explosion, two people had been killed and four others seriously wounded.

Early Tuesday morning, a suspicious package that contained an explosive device was reported at a FedEx distribution center near the Austin airport. The device did not go off and no one was injured.

Hours earlier, a separate package exploded at a FedEx shipping center in Schertz, about 60 miles south of Austin. An employee was injured.

The FBI said both those packages were related to the other four bombings that have rocked Austin since March 2, killing two people and badly wounding four others.

On March 2, a package exploded on an Austin home’s doorstep. A man was seriously injured and later died.

On March 12, another similar package exploded when an Austin family brought it inside their home. A 17-year-old boy was killed and a 40-year-old woman was seriously injured. Later that day, another package exploded across town. A 75-year-old was injured.

On March 18, a package exploded, injuring two men in their 20s.