Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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

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

A 17-year-old boy died from injuries sustained from the blast. Police said they have reclassified that investigation as a homicide, and can not rule out that the two explosions aren't related. Police say the teen died at the scene, while the woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said based on the preliminary investigation, it is believed that one of the victims picked up a package from the front porch and brought it into the kitchen.

Police received a call about the incident just before 6:45 a.m. on Monday.

The U.S. Postal Service told investigators that the package did not come through their facilities, so the package was likely left by someone at the doorstep, Manley said.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said that police, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and AT agents, were looking at both incidents as being related based on the similarities.

Police are investigating the March 2 incident as a suspicious death.

Austin police said there was no clear motive for the two blasts but they were being investigated as homicides.

A teenager was killed and a woman gravely injured in an explosion in Austin, Texas, Monday morning.

In both incidents, the packages were delivered during the nighttime with the residents finding the packages on their front doorstep the next morning.

Police warned the public about handling packages they are not expecting. Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed March 2 when a package exploded at his northeast Austin home, KEYE reports. Police say the woman is in her 40s, but they haven't released any other information.

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