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The serial bomber in Austin, Texas, Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, blew himself up early Wednesday morning after police closed in on him, and now authorities are left searching for clues, and nervous as to whether he had mailed additional package bombs that are just waiting to go off somewhere.

Republican Congressman Michael McCaul told reporters Wednesday that Conditt “bought nails and other bomb-making equipment at a Home Depot but bought batteries for the devices on the Internet.”

At a press conference in Pflugerville Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement officials said police have evacuated a five-block area surrounding the home where Conditt was living, while they clear the home of all explosive items.

At this time, authorities said they believe Conditt was the person responsible behind all the recent bombings in the Austin area.

The New York Post reported: Mark Conditt’s purchases from the DIY emporium included five signs reading “Caution: Children At Play” — one of which was tied a tripwire that detonated a bomb on a local sidewalk Sunday, injuring two men, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told reporters Wednesday.

Authorities were able to find out about Conditt’s shopping habits after he made the “fatal mistake” of walking into a FedEx store to mail a bomb-filled package that exploded at a shipping facility Tuesday morning, Rep. Michael McCaul told KXAN-TV.

Cops were able to then obtain surveillance video of Conditt in his vehicle and get his license plate number, which allowed them to identify him — and subsequently to see what he bought at Home Depot and track his cellphone, McCaul said.

The bomber also used “exotic” batteries in his devices, which he ordered from Asia, according to law enforcement officials.

Conditt was homeschooled, and attended Austin Community College, but did not graduate. He has three younger sisters, ages 21, 18 and 13. An uncle, Mike Courtney, described his nephew as a smart, intelligent and kind “computer geek,” KWTX reported.

The American Statesman shared a statement issued by relatives of Conditt:

The statement, which was given to CNN, came from members of the family who live in Colorado, not his parents in Pflugerville.

“We are devastated and broken at the news that our family could be involved in such an awful way. We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in,” the family said. “Our family is a normal family in every way. We love, we pray, and we try to inspire and serve others. Right now our prayers are for those families that have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark. We are grieving and we are in shock. Please respect our privacy as we deal with this terrible, terrible knowledge and try to support each other through this time.”

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