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Police: South Austin explosion was 'incendiary device,' not related to previous explosions

Police say the package explosion at a South Austin Goodwill was not a bomb, rather it was an incendiary device. (CBS Austin)

UPDATE 10:00 p.m.: Police say the package explosion at a South Austin Goodwill was not a bomb, rather it was an incendiary device.

Investigators say two small “artillery simulators” were found in a Goodwill donation box. They were described as, “old, military type ordinances that initiated in [Goodwill employee’s] hand and caused injury.”

Police say they have no reason to believe tonight’s incident was a copycat of the other package explosions over the past two weeks that have killed two people and injured four others. They are investigating who delivered the items to Goodwill and if they intended to injure someone or were just unaware of what the device was.

Goodwill Austin says their employee was released from the hospital Tuesday night. Their Brodie location will remain closed Wednesday. All their other locations will operate as normal.

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EARLIER:

A new explosion has been reported in South Austin, hours after explosive packages were found at FedEx facilities in Schertz and near the Austin airport -- and four other explosions over the past several weeks have left two dead and four others injured.

According to Austin-Travis County EMS, the latest reported incident happened at around 7 p.m. near the intersection of Brodie and West Slaughter Lanes.

The Austin Fire Department is reporting the explosion happened at a Goodwill location.

A man in his 30s was transported to St. David's South Austin Medical Center with potentially serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Everyone is being asked to avoid the area.

This developing story will be updated as we learn more.


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