Police and federal authorities say at this time, they believe an explosion at a Goodwill Tuesday night is unrelated to a string of package explosions that have rocked Austin, Texas. The latest explosion was caused by an “incendiary device,” according to officials.
From the Associated Press: The Austin Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter that the blast Tuesday night at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city wasn’t caused by a package bomb, as initially reported, but an incendiary device.
One man in his 30s was injured and authorities evacuated a grocery store and shopping center nearby.
In another report, the AP gave additional details about the device:
Gary Davis, president and CEO of Goodwill Texas, stood outside a police barrier huddling with other Goodwill employees. He said the device was contained in a bag and detonated when a worker moved it.
“We put all the donations we get in a big cardboard box. He pulled something out in a bag, completely normal, and the device went off,” Davis said.
He added: “In this town if an incendiary device goes off, everybody just scatters and panics. We’re all on edge.”
On Twitter, the Austin Police department released the following statement: “Items inside package was not a bomb, rather an incendiary device. At this time, we have no reason to believe this incident is related to previous package bombs.”
The U.S. ATF tweeted a statement as well: “ATF responded to a reported incident in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane, Austin. It was not a package bomb. An incendiary device was located, one injured. At this time, it does not appear to be related to the package bomb murders.”
See a press briefing in the video below.
#UPDATE: There was no package explosion in the 9800 block of Brodie Ln. Items inside package was not a bomb, rather an incendiary device. At this time, we have no reason to believe this incident is related to previous package bombs. #Breaking #packagebombmurders
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 21, 2018
BREAKING: ATF responded to a reported incident in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane, Austin. It was not a package bomb. An incendiary device was located, one injured. At this time, it does not appear to be related to the #packagebombmurders. pic.twitter.com/bEuskJm0Ii
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 21, 2018
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