Monday, two separate explosions have occurred at homes in Austin, Texas, and authorities are suspecting they are linked to an earlier explosive package delivered to another home in Austin on March 2.
Early Monday morning, an Austin teenager was killed and a woman injured when they opened a package discovered on their front porch and it exploded. Shortly after police gave a press conference on that incident, another explosion occurred in Austin, injuring yet another woman.
Fox News reports:
A teenager was killed and at least two women were seriously hurt after a pair of explosions rocked homes in Austin on Monday — just two weeks after a separate blast which authorities said is linked to at least one of Monday’s incidents.
Austin Police said they received a call about the first explosion in a neighborhood on the northeast side of the city around 6:45 a.m., after the 17-year-old resident found a package on the front step, brought it inside, and opened it in the kitchen where it exploded.
“It is very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin on March 2,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.
Manley said authorities don’t believe the package came from a delivery through the U.S. Postal Service or private mail carriers, and the placement on the home’s front doorstep also indicated a similarity to the blast earlier this month.
Then, just before noon, the second explosion of the day occurred in Austin. Authorities are now warning people not to open packages if they receive one they are not expecting.
But just minutes after Manley’s news conference finished, a separate explosion was reported around 11:49 a.m. in the Montopolis neighborhood, located southeast of downtown Austin. That blast left a woman in her 70’s with “life-threatening” injuries, officials said. The Austin-Travis County EMS said on Twitter a second woman in her 80’s was being treated for an “unrelated medical issue.”
In the March 2 explosion, Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed after a device exploded on the front porch of his home.
With three reported explosions in the Austin area, all Texans should be vigilant and report any suspicious or unexpected packages arriving by mail to local law enforcement authorities. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you are uncertain about an item received by mail.
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A package explodes at an Austin home, killing a teenager and injuring a woman, marking the second fatal blast in the city this month. Police are investigating whether the explosions are linked. https://t.co/ij4P0xcuG5
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The following press briefing took place Monday morning before the second explosion occurred in Austin Monday, making it the third this month.