Suspicious Package at FedEx Facility Near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

By Faye Higbee

At 6:19 a.m. Tuesday morning, Austin Police, Austin Fire Department, and Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the report of a suspicious package at another FedEx facility. The location was the FedEx near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on McKinney Falls Parkway. This brings the number of bombs to six.

Another FedEx facility on Brodie lane in Austin has been closed. It is believed that the package that exploded in Schertz, Texas earlier this morning was mailed at that location.

KXAN reported,

A source briefed on the investigation tells NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez police were about to blow up a suspected bomb at the FedEx facility near the Austin airport. The source says officials believe the suspected bomber mailed two packages from a FedEx drop-off center in Austin. One of them exploded at a Schertz, Texas, FedEx facility, while the other arrived at the McKinney Falls Parkway FedEx facility.

Both packages have nails in them, a source said, and both were headed to Austin addresses. 

Austin police would not confirm during the press conference whether they detonated the FedEx package from this morning. Investigators reportedly found a link to a private mail delivery service in Sunset Valley, according to the Sunset Valley Police, as reported by KXAN.

Police in Austin are being kept busy with an enormous amount of suspicious package calls. Between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, they responded to 420 calls about suspicious packages, bringing the total since March 12 to 1,257 calls.  It’s an overwhelming burden on any police department, but they have no choice but to continue to advise the citizens of Austin to be careful. The danger is not over yet.

Featured photo of FedEx facility on McKinney Falls Parkway via Twitter