Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Teen killed, woman hurt when package explodes at Texas home

Teen killed, woman hurt when package explodes at Texas home

Austin police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday that the U.S. Postal Service does not have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred Monday. The teen died at the scene, while the woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Austin police.

He says that package was brought into the kitchen where it detonated, killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring the woman.

The FBI and ATF are assisting the Austin Police Department with the case, which is being investigated as a homicide.

Police warned the public about handling packages they are not expecting.

"It is appropriate for citizens to be concerned", he said, urging residents to be cautious and call police if they find an unexpected package delivered on their property.

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"We are looking at these incidents as being related", he said, adding that federal investigators have joined the case.

The cites of both explosions were homes owned by black families, and they are now being investigated as "suspicious deaths", potential homicides and potential hate crimes, though the authorities have not ruled out possible links to terrorism.

It is the second deadly package explosion in Austin this month. On March 2, 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House was killed when a suspicious package exploded at his home; authorities are now investigating whether the incidents might be related.

Since then, authorities have not released any information on the device that caused the explosion, nor have they named anyone who may have been involved. Both explosions occurred in the early-morning hours.

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