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3 being questioned in connection with suspicious package found downtown

Chief McManus assures public SA is safe

SAN ANTONIO – Three people are being questioned in connection with the discovery of a suspicious package near a downtown area post office Wednesday afternoon.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus assures San Antonio residents that there is nothing to worry about.

“Let’s not get anybody panicked. The city is safe. Everything is absolutely clear,” he said.

Detonations made by the bomb squad to check the package sent shock waves through the streets of downtown. The thunderous echoes could be heard blocks away.

“There was a loud boom. I didn't realize what was going on. I thought bomb, but I'm like, ‘Really, a bomb here in San Antonio?’” said Clarissa Holloway, who was on her way to the post office.

The street was littered with debris from the blast.

“It looks like paper and cardboard, but it looks like some clothing that might have been in that. Shredded clothing there, too, from what I could see," Holloway said.

San Antonio police and fire crews and the FBI were all present at the scene. Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said the package was first found inside.

"As the package went through the X-ray machine at the courthouse, there was things inside of it that made security concerned. They certainly should have been concerned by what they saw, and they took the appropriate action," Combs said.

Panic soon followed after additional threats were reported.

The FBI is now in charge of the investigation. Agents were seen collecting evidence.

Combs wants to assure the public that the city is safe and that no explosive device was found.

 

Combs said the FBI has not opened up a terrorism investigation. Three people were detained and will be questioned about the package. The agent said it will then be decided if any charges will be filed. 

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