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Teen killed, woman injured after reported explosion in Central East Austin

Austin Explosion A teenager was killed and a woman was injured after a package exploded at an Austin home
Kenny Thornton | 12 March, 2018, 19:47

A 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman injured in a package bomb explosion on Monday at a home in Austin in an incident similar to another fatal blast in the Texas state capital earlier this month, authorities said.

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 boy was found dead at the scene and a woman aged in her 40s was rushed to hospital with potentially life threatening injuries. The package was brought inside and as it was opened, it exploded in the kitchen resulting in the injuries. Manley said hate crime cannot be ruled out because both homes that were recipients of the packages belonged to African-Americans.

The FBI is helping the Austin Police Department investigate two deadly package explosions in less than two weeks.

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Officials said it's not believed the delivery came through any mail service, but was placed on the doorstep.

Monday's explosion follows a deadly explosion at a home in Northeast Austin on Friday, March 2.

Austin residents are instructed to call 911 if they see a suspicious package outside their home.

Manley said the Monday blast had similarities to an explosion in a different Austin neighborhood that killed a man on March 2. Manley said in both cases, the suspect delivered the packages during the nighttime, and the victims found them in the morning on their doorstep. Police said they know what the explosives devices in each case were but could not elaborate due to the integrity of the investigation.

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