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Investigators say latest package bombs are related to previous Austin explosions

An FBI agent investigates at a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. Authorities believe the package bomb is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Authorities have confirmed that the latest package bombs found today at FedEx facilities in Schertz and near Austin's airport are related to the previous explosions in Austin over the past several weeks that have left two dead and four others injured.

The Austin Police Department, FBI, and ATF announced the connection in a joint statement. It said one package exploded and the second one was disrupted by law enforcement.

The first one exploded just after midnight at a FedEx facility located in Schertz on Doerr Lane.

One employee was treated at the scene and released.

About five hours later, APD responded to a suspicious package at the FedEx facility in Southeast Austin on McKinney Falls Parkway. It was determined the package contained an explosive device and was disrupted by law enforcement. No injuries were reported, investigators say.

Police say there remains an ongoing threat to the public. Do not approach or interact with a suspicious person or object.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the TIPS Hotline at 512-472-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-893-8477.

There is a reward of up to $100,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for these incidents. An additional $15,000 reward has been offered separately through Texas Crime Stoppers.

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