Three package bombs in two weeks are likely connected, police say

One person dead one hurt after reported explosion in Austin Texas

One person dead one hurt after reported explosion in Austin Texas

Authorities investigate an explosion at a home in Austin, Texas, Monday, March 12, 2018.

"This is the third in what we believe to be related incidents that have happened over the past 10 days", he said.

Manley said a preliminary investigation found that a 17-year-old went outside the home and found a package near the front door. A cardboard box left in front of a house in the state capital, Austin, exploded when a resident took it inside and opened it.

Police in Austin have been inundated with suspicious package calls since two package explosions Monday left a teenage boy dead and two women hospitalized.

Police say they know what the first explosive device was, but are not sharing specifics during the investigation.

A second explosion, about 4 miles (6 km) away in southeastern Austin, injured a 75-year-old woman in the predominantly working-class Hispanic community of Montopolis, police said. A 40-year-old woman also acquired non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Authorities have identified one victim, Anthony Stephan House, 39, who died from injuries in the March 2 explosion.

"The world is just filled with insane people, that in their minds, the only crime is how you were born", says Jay Brewer, neighbor. "There's a certain level of skill required to move a device like this".

Yasmin Navarro lives in the house across the street from the one where the explosion happened.

"We're just acknowledging and we're looking at any possible motivations that would link these two cases together so that we can put this case together, understanding the victimology and who might these individuals had known and had in common", Manley said.

Two of the blasts occurred on Monday. But he said it's not clear the victims knew each other directly, or if they were specifically targeted.

An explosion at a home in east Austin early Monday killed a teenager and wounded a woman in her 40s.

Chief Manley urged visitors to "be aware of what's going on".

"Safety is and always has been a top priority for SXSW", a festival spokesperson said.

Out of an abundance of caution, police said they evacuated neighbors on each side of the street due to the fear that there could have been a second package at the scene.

Special Agent Michelle Lee, a San Antonio-based spokesman for the FBI, said the agency responded to both events and was assisting Austin police, who were leading the local investigation.

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

The second explosion on Monday happened while police were wrapping up a press conference for the Oldfort Hill explosion. "Call 9-1-1 immediately if you receive something suspicious". "Our local and federal law enforcement officials are taking every reasonable step to investigate these cowardly acts of violence".

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.

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