Deadly explosion in Austin kills teen, injures woman

Nellie Chapman
March 12, 2018

Authorities are warning Austin residents to be wary of suspicious packages left outside their home after two explosions in the past two weeks left two people dead.

Austin police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday that the U.S. Postal Service does not have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred Monday.

A 17-year-old boy was killed in Monday's explosion and a woman injured. Police said they have reclassified that investigation as a homicide, and can not rule out that the two explosions aren't related.

A woman at the home near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Springdale was transported Monday to Dell Seton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Austin Travis County EMS said.

The package detonated early Monday.

The FBI and ATF are assisting the Austin Police Department with the case, which is being investigated as a homicide.

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"#Breaking: Some of the first images out of Austin, TX, after package explodes, killing teen & wounding woman". Manley said hate crime cannot be ruled out because both homes that were recipients of the packages belonged to African-Americans.

In the package explosion on March 2, Austin police responded to a home in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive around 6:55 a.m.

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.

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

Both packages were not delivered via any mail services and both homes are those of African Americans.

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