One dead, another injured after package bomb explodes in east Austin

March 12, 2018 - 7:34 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- One person is dead and another seriously injured after a reported package explosion on the city's east side Monday morning.

Austin Police interim Chief Brian Manley said a package was on the front doorstep of a home in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, near the intersection of F. M. 969 and U.S. 183. A 17-year old who lived at the home grabbed the package, took it inside, and opened it. Both the 17-year old and an older adult female were injured inside the residence when the package exploded.

The 17-year old succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The adult female was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries.

As officials gathered at the scene, portions of the surrounding neighborhood were evacuated. A second package was found inside the home, but was cleared and found to be not related to the exploded package.

Chief Manley says detectives are investigating this, as well as a similar incident on March 2, as homicides. The March 2 incident had previously been investigated as a suspicious death; Chief Manley said that there were several similarities between the incident Monday morning and the March 2 incident.

Austin Police, Austin Fire, Austin-Travis County EMS, the FBI, and the ATF are on the scene and aiding in the investigation. Officials from the United States Postal Service are assisting as well. Officials have not identified a motive, but it is early in the investigation.

Manley says the public should be aware of these incidents and be cautious when dealing with unexpected packages. If you receive an unexpected package, call 9-1-1 immediately.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we get further information.

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