A third explosion has been reported in Austin, Texas, after an earlier blast on the same day killed a teenage boy. Authorities have said they believe the first two explosions, both the result of explosives left in a package at a residence, are related.
A March 2 explosion killed an adult male.
Both of the deceased victims are African-American, and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said in a news conference that authorities “cannot rule out hate crime is the cause of this.”
KVUE reports that a 70-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries in the latest explosion that took place just before noon in Austin. Another woman is reportedly being treated for unrelated injuries.
UPDATE2 reported explosion 6700blk Galindo St (1149): CORRECTION 1st patient is ~70s female and was transported to Dell Seton Medical Seton with serious potentially life threatening injuries, 2nd patient is ~80s female with unrelated medical issue. More to follow.
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) March 12, 2018
According to a Fox News report, authorities have said that the third explosion appears to have some connection to the first two, which police had previously said were related.
“It is very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin on March 2,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said of Monday morning’s fatal blast in a news conference that ended shorty before the news broke about a third explosion.
Authorities are warning residents not to open any unidentified packages. No suspects have yet been identified.
🚨If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately. RT- Help us spread this message. 🚨 https://t.co/j9bxbaaBce
— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) March 12, 2018
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This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide an update when more information is available.
[Feature image: KVUE video screenshot]