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Second explosion in a month kills teenager, injures woman

 11am UPDATE:  Austin police say FBI and ATF will be helping in the investigation of the deadly explosion Monday morning.

Officers believe the two recent explosions appear to be connected.  The recipients of both packages were African American, so investigators are looking into whether these cases are hate crimes.

Police are warning people to be cautious when it comes to packages found on their property.  The suspicious packages were found early in the morning and did not come through any package delivery service.  If you receive a package that you were not expecting and it has no postage markings, police recommend you call 911. 

Earlier report from KXAN — Austin police are responding to reports of a package that exploded at a home in east Austin Monday.

Austin-Travis County EMS says a boy in his teens died at the scene and a woman was taken to a hospital after the explosion around 6:44 a.m. in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, which is between 51st Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The woman has serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.

Police are on scene and investigating another suspicious package. They cleared media and others away from the area and are using CapMetro buses to evacuate those in the area.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is responding to the scene to assist the Austin Police Department, as is APD’s bomb squad and its robot.

Second explosion in a month

A man died at his home at the beginning of March after a “device” exploded, police say. Anthony Stephan House was critically injured in the explosion on his front porch around 6:55 a.m. March 2, on the 1100 block of Haverford Drive. Police said at the time they believed it was an isolated incident. Despite similarities, police have not said if the two cases are related.


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