Incendiary Device Detonated at Central Texas Goodwill Not Linked to Recent Austin Bombings

Press Release: Brodie Incident

3.21.2018

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2018

Media Contact:
Valerie Swift
Senior Director, Community Engagement
Goodwill Central Texas, 512.637.7153
valerie.swift@goodwillcentraltexas.org

Incendiary Device Detonated at Central Texas Goodwill Not Linked to Recent Austin Bombings

AUSTIN, TEXAS – March 21, 2018 – Yesterday, the Austin Police Department (APD) was called to the Goodwill Central Texas Brodie Store to investigate a possible explosion in relation to a recent spate of bombings in the Central Texas area. Upon further investigation, it was determined by APD that the event at Brodie was not related to the recent bombings around Austin, but instead the detonation of an expired military artillery simulator that was donated to the store.

The Goodwill Team Member, the Brodie Donation Door Attendant, experienced injuries to his hand when handling the item yesterday evening, was treated for his injury and released from the hospital last night. We do not believe there was any malicious intent connected with this donation but rather, an unfortunately timed coincidence. We are, however, working with authorities to determine as much as we can about the donation.

Additionally, Austin Police have reported that the bombing suspect was killed early this morning during his apprehension. However, authorities recommend that all residents remain vigilant and on alert as the whereabouts of the suspect cannot be confirmed for the previous 24 hours.

In an effort to help ensure the safety of our Team Members and our shoppers and donors, we are instituting temporary procedures in the handling and acceptance of goods donations. At this time, we will now only accept donations and donation containers that are open/unsealed with the contents plainly visible. This will assist our Team Members in their safe assessment of donations.

To our community of donors, we thank you for your continued support and we encourage you to continue dropping off your donations in the following days so that we can overcome these recent challenges, and make certain that we are performing in our utmost capacity to serve our community through our education and work programs.

About Goodwill Central Texas

Established in Austin in 1958, Goodwill Central Texas, a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, has become a multi-dimensional non-profit deeply entwined with business and job growth, the environment, and the overall spirit of Central Texas. Goodwill empowers more than 13,000 people each year, helping them fulfill their potential, improve the lives of their families, and contribute to the growth of the community. Goodwill, in collaboration with an extensive network of practical, thoughtful assistance-providers, actively strives to broaden its scope of education, job training, and business services in alignment with the core mission of generating lifelong connections to work. For more information about Goodwill Central Texas, go to www.goodwillcentraltexas.org.

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