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Police: Deadly package explosion in East Austin looks to be related to previous bomb death

A package explosion in East Austin has left one teenager dead and a woman in her 40s injured. (Photo: CBS Austin)

Austin Police say a package exploded at a home in east Austin on Monday morning, killing one person and injuring another.

It happened in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, north of E. MLK Blvd.

Early this morning, one of the residents went outside and found the package. They brought it in the kitchen and when they opened it, it exploded.

Police say this incident is being investigated as a homicide, and that this package was not delivered by any mail or package delivery service.

A 17-year-old male was killed and woman in her 40s was taken to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

According to Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, this explosion looks to be "very similar" to an explosion that killed a man at his home in northeast Austin on March 2.

That incident, which killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House, is now being investigated as a homicide.

Chief Manley says in both cases, the homes were owned by African-Americans, so the possibility of a hate crime cannot be ruled out.

The Washington Post reports that House's step-father is a friend of the teenage victim in the second bombing.

Another package explosion just before noon injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman in Sotheast Austin. She was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening wounds.

APD says if you find an unexpected package at your door, don't touch it--call 911. By 5 p.m, Austin Police had received 63 calls for a suspicious package. All calls turned up nothing.

The FBI, ATF and Postal Inspectors are assisting with the investigation.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says his office's criminal justice division is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information can call the Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) or text the letters "DPS" -- followed by your tip -- to 274637 (CRIMES).


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