Fifth Explosion Hits Texas at FedEx Shipping Facility

Another explosion rocked Texas on Tuesday at a FedEx distribution facility near San Antonio.

In what police say they hope was an isolated incident, a medium-sized box exploded and potentially inflicted minor injuries on an employee.

Police said the explosion came from the facility’s sorting area:

Authorities received a call at around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday:

When the package exploded, about 75 people were inside of the building. It happened in Shertz, a city located about 65 miles southwest of Austin.

This was the fifth explosion Texans saw around the state capital in Austin in a month, according to ABC News.

On Sunday, an explosion injured two men in their 20s. The first three explosions apparently came as hand-delivered packages, police said, and killed or injured minorities.

The fourth bombing, however, happened in a predominantly white part of town.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said he suspected a serial bomber was behind the first four explosions, which used similar devices.

“We cannot rule out hate, but we’re not saying it’s hate,” Manley also said of the motive.

In a joint statement, three Congressional Black Caucus called on authorities to classify the attacks as “terrorist” in nature.

“The community impacted is now under virtual house arrest and the entire city is posed to be in a state of fear — which can easily transition into panic,” the statement read.

“This has become a national security issue and the full investigative force of the federal government must be focused on stopping these attacks.”

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation and Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent emergency funding for x-ray systems to detect bombs.

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