7 New Details Revealed About The Texas Serial Bomber And Why Police Think There May Still Be More Bombs

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New Details About the Texas Serial Bomber
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The FBI thinks he may have sent out more bombs before he died.

A series of bombings has wreaked havoc in Texas over the last few weeks.

There have been five connected explosions since Mar. 2, most of which were disguised as packages.

Police were able to track down the suspect, Mark Anthony Conditt, who blew himself up when chased down by a SWAT team on the interstate.

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“We’re just really relieved and just incredibly thankful for this army of law enforcement that has been in our community here for the last week or so,” Mayor Steve Adler said Wednesday.

Here is everything you need to know about the recent string of bombings is Texas and the suspected bomber himself: 

1. Two people died as a result of the bombings.

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Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed on Mar. 2 by a bomb hand-delivered to his home, CNN reports.

Draylen Mason, 17, died Mar. 12 when a bomb disguised as a package went off in his kitchen.

2. Six people were injured over the course of two weeks.

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On Mar. 12, Mason’s 40-year-old mother was injured as a result of the explosion that killed her teenage son.

That same day, Esperanza Herrera, 75, was rushed to the hospital for injuries he sustained when a bomb went off just five miles south of Mason’s home, according to CNN.

Two white men in their twenties were injured when they set off a bomb connected to a “near-invisible” tripwire in southwest Austin on Mar. 18.

A package containing metal fragments exploded at a San Antonio FedEx facility Tuesday. One employee was badly injured while another only suffered minor injuries.

3. Police offered a $115,000 reward for information leading to the bomber.

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Bill Jonkey, a former FBI bomb technician, told USA Today that police must have found some aspect of the bombings to be similar and have ruled them connected.

Police posted a $115,000 reward for anyone who provided information that led to the person behind the bombings that rocked Texas.

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4. Austin police have gotten over 1,200 suspicious package calls since the initial bombing.

USA Today reports that the Austin Police Department has gotten 1,257 suspicious package calls since Mar. 12 when four of the bombings occurred.

Around one third of the calls were made between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, just after the tripwire explosion that injured two on Mar. 18.

5. The suspected bomber blew himself up.

Police were able to use CCTV footage from the FedEx facility to track the bomber to a hotel 18 miles north of Austin.

"Police say that they used that (video) as the final piece to put all of this together, really in the past 24 hours," Tony Plohetski, an investigative reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, said.

A white male, later identified as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, was sitting in his vehicle when police located him on Interstate 35, police told the Associated Press.

When officers approached the vehicle a bomb detonated, killing the suspect.

6. Police urge residents to remain cautious of suspicious packages.

Authorities warn that because Conditt’s whereabouts during the 24 hours prior to his death are unknown, there may be bombs placed elsewhere on en route to their destination. Police also said it is possible he had an accomplice, but no leads on that theory have been found.

"We are concerned that there may be other packages that are still out there," FBI agent Chris Combs, head of the agency's San Antonio office, said.

Adler urges residents to be vigilant in reporting anything they think is suspicious, including unfamiliar packages or anything that seems out of place, KOLO reports.

"We don't know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left throughout the community," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.

7. The latest bombing has been ruled unrelated.

A bomb detonated at a South Austin Goodwill store Tuesday and police confirm it is unrelated to the series of bombings by Conditt, the Texas Tribune reports.

"We do believe that these incidents are all related,” Manley said, according to social media. “That is because of the specific contents of these devices."

A copycat bomber was also ruled out by police, Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Ely Reyes said Tuesday at a press conference.

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