Austin PD: Don't pick up or open packages you aren't expecting

One person dead one hurt after reported explosion in Austin Texas

One person dead one hurt after reported explosion in Austin Texas

Manley said the US Postal Service did not have a record of delivering the package to the home where Monday's explosion occurred, and that private carriers like UPS and FedEx also indicated that they had none.

Less than two weeks ago, a package exploded and killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House at his home near I-35 and Howard Lane.

The victim of the second Monday blast was a woman in a wheelchair who had been watering her grass, said Brandon Rendon, a 27-year-old contractor who lives four houses down from her home in the mainly working-class Hispanic Montopolis area.

Investigators said at the time they believed that the explosion in north-east Austin on 2 March was an isolated incident.

"Early this morning, one of the residents went out front, and there was a package on the front doorstep", said Manley.

The FBI field office in San Antonio said it was assisting Austin police with the investigation.

In the midst of the city's annual South By Southwest festival, Austin, Texas has been rocked by a series of deadly and seemingly connected package explosions. That could mean a package that wasn't expected, a package from someone you weren't expecting to receive a package from or a package that gives you cause for concern.

"We don't know yet why this is happening or what the motivation is", he said. He died from his injuries shortly after being transported to the hospital, according to KEYE.

Update: The Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service has indicated that a woman in her 70s suffered very serious injuries as a result of the third package explosion.

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It exploded when she picked the package up, Interim Chief of Police Brian Manley said, describing the packages used as average size boxes that are "not exceptionally large".

Police said they believe the person or people delivering the package did so at night, and are warning people to be aware of deliveries they are not expecting.

Manley, who reportedly was on the scene of Monday's first explosion when he was called to the second, said local and federal law enforcement agencies would ensure "every stop would be pulled out" to solve the cases.

The two homes that received the packages belonged to African-Americans.

"I'm imploring the community, if you know anything, come forward and let us know", Manley said.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the three incidents displayed enough similarities to lead police to investigate them together.

Manley stated that the package attacks were both directed at African-Americans, raising the possibility of a hate crime. The first happened in Central East Austin at a home where a suspicious package was left on the doorstep of a single-family residence.

Police did not identify the teenager or the woman and have released few details about the East Austin package.

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