On Monday, police were called to a home after reports of an explosion. A 17-year-old boy was found dead and a second victim, a woman in her 40s, was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. The source of the blast appeared to be a package, the second such event in just 10 days in the area.
Update 3:30 pm EDT
A third package bomb exploded on Monday morning at approximately 11:49 am local time in southeast downtown Austin. The blast left a woman, who is in her 70’s, with “life-threatening” injuries, according to statements from officials.
All three locations where package bombs have detonated are within 16 miles of each other.
The incident occurred in Austin, Texas, just 11 miles from a similar explosion also associated with a package.
Austin police chief Brian Manley stated that the package that killed the teenage boy was found on the doorstep of the home early Monday morning, and was brought inside by a family member.
When the package was opened, it exploded.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, the deadly delivery appears not to have been delivered by a mail service.
Members of the bomb squad, FBI, and United States Postal Service was all called to the scene and are assisting the Austin Police Department with the investigation, where the death of the teenage boy is being treated as a homicide.
This morning’s blast is the second such explosion in Austin this month, and police currently believe the two incidents may be related.
The previous explosion took place on March 2. Antony Stephan House, 39, was killed when a package exploded at his home, located only 11 miles away from the second incident.
Police are stating that the two explosions are similar, with each occurring early in the morning and at the homes of African American families. Law enforcement is not ruling out the possibility of the bombings being considered hate crimes.
Initially, police were investigating House’s death as suspicious, though have since reclassified the event as a homicide after the second explosion this morning.
Local law enforcement is urging residents to take additional precautions if an unexpected package appears at their homes.