Woman Injured, Teenager Killed in Second Deadly Package Explosion in Austin *Update* THIRD Explosion Reported

Austin police say there are similarities between two package explosions delivered to residents in Texas’ capital city.

A 17-year-old boy died and a woman in her 40’s was taken to the hospital Monday after a package left on their doorstep overnight exploded when opened by the residents.

CBS reported:

Police in Austin say “similarities” between two deadly package explosions in Texas’ capital city this month lead them to believe the incidents are related. The latest incident, reported Monday morning, killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a woman, Austin police chief Brian Manley said.

The boy died at the scene and the woman in her 40s was taken to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries after the explosion at the East Austin home before 7 a.m. In an earlier incident March 2, Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed when a package exploded at his northeast Austin home, CBS affiliate KEYE reports.

In both instances, the packages were left at the doorstep of the home apparently in the overnight hours and opened by the resident in the early morning hours, Manley said. They were apparently left at the doorstep and were not delivered through the postal service, according to Manley.

“There are similarities, and we cannot rule out that these two incidents are in fact related,” Manley said.

Austin police are warning residents not to open any suspicious packages. The packages were not delivered through the USPS according to police.

More from Austin police via CBS:

Update: Dallas News has reported a THIRD explosion explosion Monday morning.

A second explosion was reported Monday in Austin, just hours after a package bomb killed a teenager and seriously injured one other person and 10 days after another fatal blast.

About 6:45 a.m., first responders were sent to the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive in east Austin to investigate an explosion inside a home.

A 17-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman in her 40s was taken to a hospital with serious — but not life-threatening — injuries, officials said. Their identities have not been released.

Just before noon, another explosion was reported in the 6700 block of Galindo Street, about five miles south of the first blast.

Austin-Travis County EMS said a woman in her 70s had injuries that were potentially life-threatening. A second woman at the address had an unrelated medical issue and was not hospitalized, officials said.


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