Austin package explosions: Police chief issues warning to residents after third bomb

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

In the two previous fatal incidents, the packages were also left at the doorstep of the home apparently in the overnight hours and opened by the resident in the early morning hours, Manley said. Both packages were left on the front doorstep and were not delivered by a US mail service, police said.

A package found outside a home in Austin, Tex., exploded early Monday morning after it was brought inside, killing one resident and injuring another.

Days later, Austin police officers were dispatched on Monday around 6:44 a.m. for an explosion at a home on the city's East Side.

FBI investigators brief the Austin Police Department following an explosion on Old Fort Hill Dr. this morning.

Austin police had initially investigated House's death as suspicious, but the case has since been re-classified as a homicide, Manley said.

The house in the early morning attack Monday sustained significant damage, according to Manley, who said investigators from several agencies would be combing through the property for clues.

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

Officials are responding to a reported explosion in southeast Austin, Texas. If you see a package, he reiterated: "Do not move it, do not touch it, call us".

"We will leave no stone unturned because we will not allow this to go on in this city", he said. The male victim died at the hospital from his injuries. A 17-year-old boy died Monday and a woman was transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

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And while police are checking with other delivery services, including Amazon, Manley said it appeared that the packages were not delivered through traditional services.

Investigators have found no evidence so far of a terrorism link, and have yet to establish a definite motive or profile for the bomber, Manley said.

During a press conference this afternoon, Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed that APD believes the incidents are related and is asking residents to be hypervigilant of unexpected and/or unmarked packages.

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

"We have had two victims that were African American, and the victim of this latest incident was a 75-year-old Hispanic female", the police chief said.

Police said at the time they believed the Haverford Drive explosion was an isolated incident.

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

Police are warning the public to not open any packages they aren't expecting or any that look suspicious. As a result, Austin Police are asking that anyone in the city who finds anything "delivered" to their doorstep not by USPS, FedEx, UPS, or any other major mail carrier report it immediately to the authorities.

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