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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Sixth reported explosion in Texas 'unrelated' to bombings

Emergency officials responded en masse to a blast at a charity shop in Austin

People flee amid emergency vehicles at the site of a sixth explosion in Texas, at a charity shop in Austin, on March 20, 2018. Eric Gay / AP Photo
People flee amid emergency vehicles at the site of a sixth explosion in Texas, at a charity shop in Austin, on March 20, 2018. Eric Gay / AP Photo

A sixth explosion further rattled the city of Austin, Texas, late Tuesday, but authorities quickly determined it was not related to a series of package bombs that have killed two people.

Emergency officials responded en masse to a reported blast in the southern part of the state capital, at what local media reported was a Goodwill charity shop.

The Austin police department said the explosion was caused by "an incendiary device", not a package bomb.

A man in his thirties was taken to hospital "with potentially serious, not expected to be life-threatening, injuries," Austin's medical services agency said on Twitter.

Goodwill Central Texas chief executive Gerald Davis told KVUE television that the injured person was an employee, who had taken a donation described as a "pipe-like device".

"In an abundance of caution for our Team and customers, all Goodwill Stores will be closed," the organisation said on Twitter.

The FBI concurred that the incident was unrelated to the spate of blasts that began in early March.

The attacks have been mostly contained to Austin, the state capital with a population of about one million, where two people have been killed and several more injured.

But in the early hours of Tuesday, a package exploded at a FedEx distribution facility in Schertz, outside San Antonio.

Authorities would not confirm media reports that it contained metal shrapnel and nails.

Although there were no serious injuries in that incident, officials said the attacks were related.