Arrests Made in East Texas Explosions

By: AP
By: AP

*Update* DALLAS (AP) - Federal authorities say a man has been arrested in connection with a series of explosive devices found in east Texas mailboxes over the past several weeks.

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said an east Texas man was arrested
without incident Wednesday in Tyler, where another federal official
said two more suspicious devices were found the same day.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the suspect was from Rusk
County, but provided no other details. A news conference was
scheduled for Thursday morning.

Not counting Wednesday's discoveries, authorities have said at
least 14 devices were found the past several weeks. Five were
reported pipe bombs. None of the devices has detonated and no
injuries have been reported.

*Earlier Version*

DALLAS (AP) - Federal authorities investigating the discovery of
a series of explosive devices in east Texas said Wednesday they
have made an arrest.

A federal official declined to provide details ahead of a news
conference scheduled for Thursday morning in Tyler, but a news
release said there was an arrest in a "significant matter."

Officials said a news conference originally set for Wednesday
was postponed because of scheduling conflicts.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and
other law enforcement agencies were to be on hand.

Officials have said at least 14 devices have been found,
including five reported pipe bombs. None of the devices has
detonated and no injuries have been reported. Authorities have
maintained that there is no imminent threat to the public.


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