UPDATED: March 12, 2018  11:45 AM

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home on Monday, killing a teenager and wounding a woman, is believed to be linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas’ capital city earlier this month.

NEW – Austin Police Respond To Second Reported Explosion Today

Austin police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference that investigators believe the attacks are linked because in each case, the package bombs were left on the victims’ front doorsteps and not delivered by a mail service. He said the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred Monday.

“Early this morning one of the residents went out front, and there was a package on the front doorstep,” said Manley. “They brought that package inside the residence and as they opened that package — both victims were in the kitchen — and the package exploded,” he said.

Manley said investigators believe the explosion is linked to a similar blast that killed a 39-year-old man on March 2. That explosion occurred about 12 miles north of Monday’s blast. Both explosions occurred in the early-morning hours.

Until the cases are cleared Chief Manley had a message for residents. “If you’ve received a package that you are not expecting that is not from someone that you expected to receive a package from, or for some reason gives you case for concern, then call 911.”

In the March 2 explosion, Chief Manley told the paper that authorities received several calls reporting the incident. The man died at the hospital from his injuries.

Police were investigating that incident as a suspicious death, but have now been reclassified the case and are investigating it as a homicide.

Investigators don’t yet know the motive behind the bombings but the Chief said, “We do know that both of the homes that were the recipients of these packages belonged to African Americans, so we cannot rule out that Hate Crime is at the core of this, but we’re not saying that that’s the cause.”

Police said they do know what type of explosive device was used in each explosion but aren’t releasing that information “to protect integrity of investigation.” There have been no possible suspects named in either case.

The FBI, ATF and U.S. Postal Service are all helping Austin police in the investigation.

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Comments (34)
  1. No, they will find out who caused the bad stuff, put them behind bars, and in the meantime do more security on mysterious packages. Which is what everyone is saying we should do about guns- have more security measures on them. Nice comment.

    1. Absolutely, there needs to be background checks done before someone can build a bomb. Perhaps even a full on ban on assault bombs such, or at the very least raise the age to 21 before someone can build a bomb. Plus maybe a 3 day waiting period before mailing it to the victim.

  2. The Quixotic FBI is too busy fighting windmills and stage a coup d’etat against Trump to care about the safety of the American people. But, I do agree with putting the same limitations on packages that we put upon guns. You must be 21 to send a package and go through a myriad of background checks. It’s not the person who sent the package’s fault, it is the fault of packages.

  3. Mike Arvand says:

    To prevent this. No package can hold more than 10 items, cannot be detachable from the truck, and cannot be purchased by anyone under 21, and cannot be sent to anyone without going through a comprehensive background check and cannot be picked up without a 3 day wait.

  4. It’s See?BS!

    And it’s the Feeble Bunch of Incompetents – they, the local Sheriff and the school-board leftists in Coward County got 17 people murdered at Parkland High and the Feebs won’t do a thing about this either.

  5. The FBI is busy looking for collusion.

  6. We need package control. Packages kill.

  7. Austin is crammed with liberals so many, many suspects.

  8. Hugh Tjardon says:

    The FBI is on the case? I”m moving to Canada.

  9. Waiting for the left toask for the outlaw packages…that should stop it.

  10. I thought Ted Kaczynski was in prison?

  11. You really have to wonder why a few commenters here are recommending putting limitations on who can send packages (e.g., by age group) or suggesting the placing of other limitations, such as on how many items may be included in packages that are being sent, or ‘background’ checks?

    Obviously, those commenters are either trying to be funny, or, they are posting such comments as directed sarcasm.

    Look, these incidents are not funny on any level. Nor does the ‘intended’ sarcasm (if that is what it was) make anything like a valid point. That’s because neither of the two recent ‘exploding’ packages were sent through the mail, nor were they sent via any delivery service. In both cases, the packages were just placed on the doorsteps of the homes of the victims. So, the killer’s motive was clearly to commit those murder(s) probably as an act of revenge, or maybe to terrorize people in and around the area of Dallas. Or possibly these acts were spawned by some other form of hate-filled motivation (racial, religious, or otherwise).

    1. Trey Regini says:

      The attacks are in Austin, TX. That’s 195 miles from downtown Dallas so I think your area of concern is slightly off.

  12. We need teenagers on television to call for a ban on cardboard boxes. There is no reason people should have been able to transport various things like guns in cardboard boxes, which are known for inanimately encouraging any contained guns to spontaneously com-bust and hurt people indiscriminately.

  13. Vox Veritas says:

    Another antifa Democrat.

    See Ted Kaczyinski.

  14. David Broome says:

    So if the victims were white they would rule out hate crime?
    Whatever the motive, I hope they catch them quick.

  15. Samuel Green says:

    It’s unfortunate that law enforcement withholds most of the facts that could help the public help them. Releasing what the package looks like or the materials used in the unexploded bombs they previously discovered is info that could break the case if the public helped.

    So many times the police will mention a robbery or a violent crime with the suspect on the loose. Political correctness often has them even withholding if the person was black or white, young or old.
    It’s a little ridiculous to omit important facts, because when they withhold info like that, it gives the bad guy more time to commit evil acts before they’re caught.

  16. This article says the recipients of the packages were African American, so there was a possible hate crime aspect. The latest report from CBS DFW states the latest victim was a 75 year old Hispanic woman.

  17. Angie Smith says:

    So somebody is bombing the Peoples Republic of Austin…hard to blame this one on Trump or the NRA…

  18. If it were two white people would they say this is potentially a hate crime? I don’t think so. Although, I would not doubt they are targeted at this time because of their color.

  19. Zak Watson says:


    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  20. Any crime committed towards anyone who isn’t a white heterosexual male is considered a hate crime. LITERALLY! Let that sink in for a moment. That’s blatantly unconstitutional.
    [“Equality before the law, also known as: equality under the law, equality in the eyes of the law, or legal equality, is the principle that establishes that each independent human being must be treated equally by the law (principle of isonomy) and which all people are subject to the same laws of justice (due process).” Wikipedia]

  21. Only the government/police itself has the infrastructure and the gall to pull this off. Don’t report details to the cops, instead investigate the cops themselves. APD is corrupt and evil.

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