Police Link 3 Deadly Home-Delivery Package Explosions in Austin

Monday, March 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

12 Mar 2018

Police in Austin, Texas, are saying that three explosions of packages left on doorsteps of homes are connected. Two explosions occurred on Monday morning and a third happened on March 2.

Two packages delivered to homes in the Austin area exploded on Monday. The first explosion on Monday killed a 17-year-old boy and seriously wounded a woman in her 40s, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The second woman sent a woman in her 70s to a hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Police received notice of Monday’s first explosion at about 6:45 a.m. at a home on the city’s east side. A resident found a package on his front steps and brought it into the house. The package exploded when someone opened it, Fox7 Austin reported. The explosion killed a 17-year-old boy and sent a woman in the home to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

A few hours later, police received a call of another explosion at a home about five miles away. Travis County Emergency Medical Services reported taking a woman in her 70s to an area hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.

It appears the packages were not sent through the mail or another delivery service but were left on the doorsteps of the homes, the Statesman reported. Austin interim Police Chief Brian Manley warned the community not to take any package that is left outside their home inside.

Authorities are not releasing any details about the devices but said they know what type of explosives were used.

On March 2, an explosion of a package killed an Austin man in his 40s, the Statesman reported. The blast occurred in northeast Austin–about 12 miles north of Monday’s explosions.

At that time, police said they believed the explosion was an isolated incident and not linked to any kind of terrorist attack. “But we are not making any assumptions,” Chief Manley stated. “We are conducting a thorough investigation to rule that out.”

The FBI and ATF are assisting the Austin Police Department in the investigation of the three cases. The matter is being investigated as a homicide. Manley said Monday’s first explosion is similar to the March 2nd explosion and is “likely related.”

The chief said he is not ruling out the possibility of a hate crime as at least two of the explosions involve black victims.

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