Police warn of 'suspicious' packages as more explosions rock Austin

Monday , March 12, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Amy B Wang

(c) 2018, The Washington Post.

Emergency officials in Austin, Texas, reported an explosion on Monday, the third such incident i two weeks - and the second of the day.

On March 3, a 39-year-old man in northeast Austin was killed after a package on his front porch exploded, police said.

Early Monday morning, police responded to a similar package explosion at a home on Oldfort Hill Drive. One person, a teenager, died and another person was injured, police said.

Authorities said they believe the two incidents are linked.

Then, shortly before noon, local time, police responded to a third explosion, this time on the southeast side of the city.

Austin-Travis County EMS said on Twitter that a patient - a woman in her 70s - was taken to a hospital “with serious potentially life threatening injuries.”

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley warned residents to avoid opening unexpected packages.

“If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately,” he tweeted.

Local media outlets reported that the first two homes belonged to African Americans and that authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime.


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