March 18, 2018

One person dead, one hurt after package explodes inside home

12 March 2018, 07:42 | Opal Carroll



Austin police warned the community to be "concerned" on Monday after two deadly package explosions at residences within two weeks of each other appeared to be related.

KVUE also reports that investigators are looking to determine if this explosion may be connected to another deadly explosion in Austin that happened on March 2. The teen died at the scene, while the woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Austin police. Manley said hate crime cannot be ruled out because both homes that were recipients of the packages belonged to African-Americans.

The package detonated early Monday.

The U.S. Postal Service told investigators that the package did not come through their facilities, so the package was likely left by someone at the doorstep, Manley said.

Officials are now warning the community to be aware of suspicious packages found. Police say to not handle any suspicious package found on a front porch, but to instead call 911 so they can inspect it.

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The incident marks the second such explosion this month at a home in Texas' capital city.

Since then, authorities have not released any information on the device that caused the explosion, nor have they named anyone who may have been involved.

The incident is being investigated by police and federal authorities, as a homicide, the chief said. Manley said in both cases, the suspect delivered the packages during the nighttime, and the victims found them in the morning on their doorstep.

Authorities are investigating whether the explosion is linked to a similar blast on March 2 that killed a 39-year-old man.

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