Police warn Austin residents of suspicious boxes after 3 package explosions

A 17-year old boy has been killed and a woman in her 40s injured in a bomb blast in Austin, Texas on Monday, 10 days after a man died in a similar attack.

Police believe a package bomb that killed a teenager & wounded a woman in Austin on Monday is linked to a similar bombing that killed a man earlier this month. Two of the victims were African-American and the latest victim was Hispanic, so the department are not ruling out that these were hate crimes.

Police say their investigation of deadly package bombings at two Austin homes will try to determine if a hate crime was involved because the victims in both cases were black. After an investigation by the bomb squad, police said they determined later that the second package was unrelated to the device that killed the teen. When they brought it inside and opened it in the kitchen, the package exploded.

Monday's first blast happened at a home in Springdale Hills, a leafy neighborhood of houses mostly from the 1960s and 1970s.

Later Monday a second explosion was reported in the 6700 block of Galindo Street in East Austin. "What we understand at this point is that earlier this morning, residents went out front, and there was a package on the front doorstep".

Just hours later, police responded to a second explosion miles away from the location of the first explosion where first responders found a 75-year-old woman in critical condition.

Both of the women injured today were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

It has not provided further details about the Monday explosion, or if there are any links to the other incident this month.

Manley urged Austin residents to call police if they find any package on their doorstop that gives them "cause for concern".

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement condemning the explosions and is offering a $15,000 reward to anyone with information that may lead to an arrest.

The twin bombings followed an initial blast on 2 March, when a 39-year-old man was killed - also after opening a parcel bomb.

Authorities had said they believe the first two explosions are linked. She had serious injuries that could be life-threatening.

Manley noted that authorities do not believe the packages were sent "by any of the official mail delivery services", saying that these "box-type deliveries" instead appeared to have been left on the victims' doorsteps overnight.

"There are similarities that we can not rule out that these two items are, in fact, related", Manley said.

Map of Austin package explosions.

Four years ago, a driver plowed through a barricade and into festival-goers, killing four people and injuring many others.

FBI teams from Austin, San Antonio and Dallas were investigating as was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That explosion left one teenager dead and one woman wounded.

  • Joey Payne