A sixth bomb has exploded at an Austin-area Goodwill store. Live news coverage is included below.
This is a developing story.
Fox News is reporting that Austin police say the latest bombing, at an Austin Goodwill store, is unrelated to other bombings.
One Goodwill worker was injured in the blast.
In a tweet, the Austin Police Department urged residents to avoid the area. Austin-Travis County EMS said a man in his 30s was injured. A shopping plaza and supermarket near the Goodwill were shut down shortly after the blast, every store and restaurant nearby were evacuated as they hunted for possibly more explosives.
It came as investigators who have pursued a suspected serial bomber terrorizing Austin for weeks uncovered what seemed like valuable new leads in the case.
Even before the report of Tuesday night’s explosion, it had already been a busy day for authorities. Before dawn, a bomb inside a package exploded around 1 a.m. as it passed along a conveyer belt at a FedEx shipping center near San Antonio, causing minor injuries to a worker. The Austin Police Department, the FBI and other federal agencies confirmed that the package center blast was related to four previous ones that killed two people and seriously injured four others.
That explosion occurred at a FedEx facility in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Austin.
Later in the morning, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside the Austin airport to check on a suspicious package that was reported. Federal agencies and police later said that package had indeed contained an explosive that was successfully intercepted and that it, too, was tied to the other bombings.
Authorities also closed off an Austin-area FedEx store where they believe the bomb that exploded was shipped to the distribution center. They roped off a large area around the shopping center in the enclave of Sunset Valley and were collecting evidence, including surveillance camera footage.
Here is live video.
BREAKING | Explosion at the Goodwill store at Brodie Lane and West Slaughter Lane in southwest Austin.
Posted by KVUE on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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