Teen killed, two adults injured in two package explosions in East Austin

Teen killed, two adults injured in two package explosions in East Austin

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.

Emergency personnel from Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin police and fire responded to the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive at 6:44 a.m., EMS officials said.

"We are not going to tolerate this in Austin", Manley said while briefing reporters on the explosion.

Local police, as well as agencies including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are working on the case.

The home reportedly received "significant" damage from the blast.

Authorities say the packages, described as unremarkable looking boxes, were left overnight and not sent through the mail or any other delivery service.

Authorities had said they believe the first two explosions are linked. A second Monday explosion left a 75-year-old woman in critical condition, the chief said.

Virginia Ybarra, who lives on the block where the blast happened, says the women who lives in the house is quiet and kind, and sometimes asks for grapefruits from her tree. A second woman from that address has been hospitalized with an unrelated medical issue.

Map of Austin package explosions.

"We are imploring the community, if you know anything about these attacks, it is imperative that you come forward", Austin police chief Brian Manley told a news conference.

"We're not ruling anything out at this point", Manley said.

The latest explosions happened during the South by Southwest music, film and technology festival, which brings about 400,000 visitors to Austin each year, and authorities have urged the public to call the police if they receive any unexpected packages. According to police, one of the residents went outside and found a package on the front doorstep.

The first explosion took place just before noon, after a suspicious package was left on the doorstep of a single-family home. The March 2 explosion, which occurred about 12 miles north of Monday's blast, has been classified as a homicide. Manley said a motive in the two incidents remains unclear, but the victim in the first and second explosion are African American and they can not rule out that the incidents were hate crimes. At this time, there's no other evidence indicating hate crimes, other than the victims' race, he said. In the meantime, Manley said, "it is appropriate for residents to be concerned".

He says there's now no other evidence indicating a hate crime beyond the victims' race. "You knew that something awful 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.

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