3 deadly package explosions in Austin appear connected

Emergency crews on scene at a fatal explosion in east Austin on Oldfort Hill Drive

At first Manley suggested that the blasts could constitute a hate crime, but later amended that to say authorities had not settled on a motive since the intended targets weren't clear because multiple people live in the homes where explosives were placed.

He had heard the explosion and went out onto the street to see what happened. A 17-year-old boy died from injuries sustained in the blast.

Austin police now believe that a string of explosive packages are related.

"We will not tolerate this in Austin", Manley said. "They were built just like the rest of our families - pray, eat, education and all".

Residents of a home on the eastern edge of the United States city of Austin rose on Monday morning (Tuesday NZT) to find a package that they weren't expecting outside the front door. They said additional resources are available to help determine whether such packages are safe. Guerrero says he climbed onto his roof where he could see police walking up to one of his neighbors' homes.

Police initially investigated a second package they found in the home and evacuated neighbors from the area using Capital Metro buses, but later determined the second package was not unsafe. The blast "sounded like a cannon", said Kenneth Thompson Sr., who lives across the street from the house where the first explosion occurred. By 6 p.m. Monday, the police had received 82 calls about suspicious packages, police spokeswoman Stephanie Jacksis told KXAN. Neighbors called police after hearing an explosion inside the house.

Monday's violence killed a 17-year-old boy and badly injured a 75-year-old woman in separate blasts. "You knew that something bad was happening", Reynolds said, adding that the victim's body was riddled with holes as emergency responders took her out of the house and into an ambulance. She was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening wounds.

Police are responding to another explosion in Austin that badly injured a woman, hours after a package bomb killed a teenager and wounded a woman in a different part of the city.

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The incidents are being investigated by police and federal authorities, as a homicide, Manley said.

"At this point we don't know yet why this is happening or what they motivation is", said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. The packages were not delivered by the postal service or delivery services like UPS or FedEx, he said.

"There are similarities that we can not rule out that these two items are, in fact, related", Manley said.

The two victims killed in the explosions are relatives of prominent members of Austin's African American community, the Washington Post reports. "And it's absolutely nothing that has ever happened in Austin", said interim Austin Police chief Brian Manley.

Investigators are looking into whether race was a factor in parcel bombings in Austin, Texas which coincided with the start of the popular South By Southwest (SXSW) festival. Of the hundreds of calls, APD said nothing suspicious was found.

"It looked like small terrorism", he said.

Manley added that it is best not to manipulate the suspicious packages because anything could trigger them to detonate.

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