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Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion

12 March 2018

Update 10:55 a.m. CDT 3/12/2018: Two deadly package explosions in Austin in the past two weeks appear similar and related, authorities said Monday, and police are warning residents against taking suspicious packages inside their homes.

ABC affiliate KVUE reported that a male teenager who has not been publicly identified was reported dead on the scene and a woman in her 40s was transported to a nearby hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. The package was brought inside and as it was opened, it exploded in the kitchen resulting in the injuries. Police said the package in the first home explosion on March 2 was not connected to a specific carrier or vendor, and are reviewing other carriers besides the U.S. Postal Service for Monday's package.

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.

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The package detonated early in the morning.

"If you find any suspicious packages on your front porch at your residence do not handle them", Manley said, "but instead call 911 and let us come out and look at those packages and ensure that they are safe".

The incident marks the second such explosion this month at a home in Texas' capital city.

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The cites of both explosions were homes owned by black families, and they are now being investigated as "suspicious deaths", potential homicides and potential hate crimes, though the authorities have not ruled out possible links to terrorism.

Police warned the public about handling packages they are not expecting. Both explosions occurred in the early-morning hours.

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Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion