2nd Package Explosion This Month Kills Teen in Austin
Mar 12 2018 by Desiree Burns
A 17-year-old boy died from injuries sustained from the blast.
Police are now investigating if the two explosions are linked.
ABC affiliate KVUE reported that a male teenager who has not been publicly identified was reported dead on the scene and a woman in her 40s was transported to a nearby hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Police said the package in the first home explosion on March 2 was not connected to a specific carrier or vendor, and are reviewing other carriers besides the U.S. Postal Service for Monday's package.
The bomb squad and FBI are now at the scene assisting the Austin Police Department with the investigation. Police said they know what the explosives devices in each case were but could not elaborate due to the integrity of the investigation.
A teenager has died and a woman is seriously injured after a package exploded at a home in Austin, marking the second such explosion this month at a home in Texas' capital city.
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"It is appropriate for citizens to be concerned", he said, urging residents to be cautious and call police if they find an unexpected package delivered on their property. The victims in both incidents were African-American, and authorities say they are not ruling out the possibility that these are hate crimes.
Manley said the Monday blast had similarities to an explosion in a different Austin neighborhood that killed a man on March 2.
In both incidents, the packages were delivered during the nighttime with the residents finding the packages on their front doorstep the next morning.