A package exploded at an Austin home this morning, killing a teenager and severely injuring a woman, in the second such incident in recent weeks. Police say the two incidents are related, raising concerns of a possible serial bomber.
The family involved in today’s explosion has not been identified, but neighbors describe them as a nice, “church-going” family.
The teenager, 16, brought the package in from the porch and tried to open it on the kitchen table when it exploded. A woman in the room is expected to survive.
On March 2, Anthony House died after a package exploded on his front porch. House lived 12 miles away from the latest incident, and the only link seen so far is that the two families are African-American.
Police, however, believe the two incidents are linked.
A teenager was killed and a woman was seriously hurt after a package exploded at an Austin home Monday in a blast similar to another deadly incident nearly two weeks ago in Texas’ capital city, officials said.
Austin Police said they received a call about the explosion in a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city around 6:45 a.m., after the 17-year-old resident found a package on the front step, brought it inside, and opened it in the kitchen where it exploded.
“It is very similar to the incident that occured in Austin on March 2,” Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.
Manley said authorities don’t believe the package came from a delivery through the U.S. Postal Service, and that it was placed on the home’s front doorstep in a manner similar to the blast earlier this month.
“There are similarities we believe these cases are linked at this time,” Manley said.
The Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that a teenage male was killed and a woman in her 40s was taken to the hospital. Manley said she had non-life threatening injuries.
FBI agents could be seen going around the neighborhood, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it responded to the scene.
Neighbor Cynthia Burdett, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1999 and close to the home where the blast took place, told FOX 7 she was in “total shock’ and the whole incident was “very scary.”
“I checked my house first of all to make sure nothing was on fire, I did look outside at that point and next thing I knew police were knocking at the door saying that there was a suspicious package, one had exploded and that I needed to leave the house,” she told reporters.
A suspect from the March 2 bombing has not been identified, and no suspects in today’s bombing have been identified.
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