A teenager was killed and a woman was seriously hurt after a package exploded at an Austin home early Monday in a blast similar to another deadly incident nearly two weeks ago in Texas’ capital city, officials said.
Austin Police said they received a call about the explosion in a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city around 6:45 a.m., after the 17-year-old resident found a package on the front step, brought it inside, and opened it in the kitchen where it exploded.
“It is very similar to the incident that occured in Austin on March 2,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.
Manley said authorities don’t believe the package came from a delivery through the U.S. Postal Service, and that it was placed on the home’s front doorstep in a manner similar to the blast earlier this month.
“There are similarities we believe these cases are linked at this time,” Manley said.
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FBI agents can be seen in an Austin neighborhood after an explosion at a home left a teenager dead and a woman injured. (FOX 7)
The Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that a teenage male was killed and a woman in her 40s was taken to the hospital. Manley said she had non-life threatening injuries.
Multiple #ATCEMS @Austin_Police @AustinFireInfo onscene of a reported explosion at 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Dr (06:44); 2 pts identified thus far with Medics obtaining DOS pronouncement of late teens Male & ~40’s F txpt’d to DSMC w/serious potentially life threat inj’s. MTF…
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FBI agents could be seen going around the neighborhood, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it responded to the scene.
Damage inside the home is “significiant,” according to Manley, who added that investigators are going to nearby homes to see if any outdoor surveillance footage exists.
Neighbor Cynthia Burdett, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1999 and close to the home where the blast took place, told FOX 7 she was in “total shock” and the whole incident was “very scary.”
“I checked my house first of all to make sure nothing was on fire, I did look outside at that point and next thing I knew police were knocking at the door saying that there was a suspicious package, one had exploded and that I needed to leave the house,” she told reporters.
A teenager was killed and a woman was injured after a package exploded at an Austin home on March 12, 2017. (FOX7)
She said her neighbors are very good neighbors, “church-going’ people who are “a very good family.”
Manley said the blast on Monday was similar to another explosion on March 2 that left a man dead.
In that incident, 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House was killed after a “device” exploded on the front porch of his home in the city’s northeast Harris Ridge neighborhood about 12 miles north of Monday’s blast. Both explosions occurred in the early-morning hours.
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