The third explosion in Austin leaves a teenager dead, comes shortly after two other blows
Police are investigation explosive packages that have been left on people’s doorsteps. When the packages are opened they explode.
According to Inquisitr, so far, two people have died from these explosive packages. The latest incident occurred in Austin on March 12, 2018.
The first encounter with these packages occurred on March 2, 2018. Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed in his Austin, Texas, home after a package left on his doorstep exploded.
On Monday morning, a similar incident occurred when another package exploded in an Austin residence located at Old Fort Hill Dr. The explosion killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a 40-year-old woman.
#Breaking: Some of the first images out of Austin, TX, after package explodes, killing teen & wounding woman. Potential second suspicious package nearby. Case is similar to another package explosion that killed a man last week in Austin. Bomb squad & robots on scene. #KOMOnews pic.twitter.com/OWkAqQCrWM— Cayle Thompson (@CayleThompson) March 12, 2018
The teenager died at the scene, and the wounded woman suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. Neighbors were evacuated and bomb-sniffing dogs were seen on the scene.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley shared that both incidents were being treated as homicides. CBS News reported that the two Austin explosions had similarities which made officials believe they were linked.
In both explosions, packages were left at the doorstep of the Austin residences, likely during late night hours. The packages were not delivered by the postal service.
Both packages were opened by the residents during the early morning hours. Another similarity between the two incidents was that the victims were African-American.
'#Breaking: Some of the first images out of Austin, TX, after package explodes, killing teen & wounding woman. Potential second suspicious package nearby. Case is similar to another package explosion that killed a man last week in Austin. Bomb squad & robots on scene. #KOMOnews’
Cayle Thompson, Twitter, March 12, 2018
Officials weren’t ruling out the possibility of this being a hate crime. But the police chief emphasized that they were not officially stating that this was a hate crime.
He also spoke of the similarities and warned residents of Austin to call 9-1-1 if they received a mysterious package on their front door. The police chief also warned them not to open the package.
My San Antonio reported that Manley said that a second package was discovered close to the location of Monday’s explosion. The FBI was now investigating the explosions, making this a federal investigation.
A San Antonio-based spokeswoman for the FBI, Special Agent Michelle Lee, said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were taking the lead in the investigation of the explosions.
The Statesman reported, just hours after the above incident that a second blast had occurred on Monday morning in Austin shortly before noon. A woman, who was reported to be in her 70s, was injured in her home at the 6700 block of Galindo Street.
This was roughly five or six miles away from the first blast that occurred Monday morning. The woman was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries.