Footage shows moment Texas bombing suspect Mark Conditt blows himself up during police chase

Dramatic footage of a bombing suspect who blew himself up in his car during a Texas police chase as officers approached his vehicle, has been released.

Aerial footage released Friday by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Mark Conditt, the suspect in a series of deadly Austin package bombings, being chased in an SUV before police use a maneuver to stop the vehicle.

Armed police storm the car before it erupts in a bright flash as an officer says, "got an explosion. Got an explosion inside the vehicle."

The 23-year-old is suspected of killing two people and badly wounding four others in bombings that terrorised Austin, for three weeks in March.

Authorities haven't revealed a motive for the bombings but investigators say Conditt left a 25-minute cellphone recording in which he allegedly confessed.

The recording has not been released to the public.

One of the explosions took place at a FedEx distribution centre. Credit: AP

Timeline of explosions:

  • 2 March: Explosion takes place on the front porch of 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House's home in Austin. He later dies at a hospital nearby.

  • 12 March: A 17-year-old dies and a woman left seriously injured after a package explodes at their home in Austin.

  • 12 March: A second package bombing in the same day leaves a 75-year-old woman in a "critical, but stable condition."

  • 18 March: Two men are injured after an explosion possibly caused by a trip wire.

  • 20 March: A device explodes at a FedEx distribution centre near San Antonio - the only incident outside of Austin.

  • 21 March: The 'serial bomber' suspect dies after detonating an explosive device inside his vehicle.