By: Kyle James | 03-21-2018 | News
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Nail Bombs And Trip Wires: Why Can't They Catch The Austin Bomber?

The seemingly omnipresent eye of big brother has proven to not be enough to catch the Austin bomber as whoever they are continues to taunt and evade the authorities. Tuesday, a package bomb went off at a Fed-Ex facility injuring one person and just hours later reports of another explosion in Austin.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: ATF responded to a reported incident in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane, Austin. It was not a package bomb. An incendiary device was located, one injured. At this time, it does not appear to be related to the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#packagebombmurders</a>. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) <a href="">March 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The second explosion turned out to be unrelated to the string of package bombs in Austin, Texas. Austin Police said the second explosion turned out to be an old military ordinance that triggered an incendiary device during an exchange of hands. The timing appears just to be a coincidence as Austin is in the middle of one of the worst bombing campaigns the country has seen.

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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">A patch of scorched earth from Sunday nights blast on Dawn Song Drive</span>

Since March 2, 2018, there have been more than five explosions linked to a bomber wreaking havoc across Austin with bombs disguised as packages rigged to explode. So far two have been killed and several others have been injured in the attacks. The string of blasts has made the Travis County Bomb Squad one of the busiest in the nation. A vendor has loaded two x-ray machines to Austin police for the purpose of screening suspicious packages.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his office will give law enforcement the money to buy seven portable x-ray systems to look inside suspicious packages. The grant will provide $265,000 for the seven devices. The governor's office has also given $1 million to Austin's bomb squad to purchase robots and bomb suits.

Related coverage: <a href="">Breaking - Nail Bomb Explodes At FedEx Centre Near San Antonio, Texas (Video)</a>

Just how is it that the bomber is getting away with such blatant and hands-on attacks over and over with over 500 law enforcement agents working to catch them? Even with security cameras and virtually every corner, there have been no leads on the identity of the bomber.

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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">TAC, ERT, ETF, SWAT & Bomb Squad

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Does the bomber have a political message? Or are they part of a terror cell that has laid dormant until now planning the perfect string of attacks? The longer it takes to catch whoever is behind the series of bombs the more astounding the case becomes. What new legislation will come from this? Will cell phones be required to share GPS data with law enforcement at all times?

Related coverage: <a href="">More Austin Bombs: 2 Critically Injured</a>

Eventually, the bomber will make a mistake and authorities will be able to trace material used to create the bombs or perhaps someone will phone in a tip. With the amount of metadata and surveillance technology, it is virtually impossible to set up such attacks and get away with it forever.

A criminologist at the University of Alabama named Adam Lankford indicated if a single person is behind the blasts and they are changing the means of delivery, it is likely they are trying to stay unpredictable to reduce their chances of getting caught. "I think it would suggest that the bomber is trying to stay unpredictable," Lankford said. "But it also increases the likelihood that he would make a mistake."

The bomber has to be at the location and physically set up some of these devices so clues must exist such as tracks, materials, or even witnesses. Until then, watch your step, be mindful of your surroundings, and call police if you see anything of the ordinary like a package you weren't expecting.

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