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Package bombs could be linked to earlier Austin, Texas, attack

Package bombs could be linked to earlier Austin, Texas, attack

Authorities had said they believe the first two explosions are linked.

He warned residents to watch out for boxes left outside their homes and to report anything suspicious to police.

According to EMS officials, no one else was injured, and they ask that the public remain clear of the neighborhood north of Martin Luther King Boulevard near Springdale Road. The package was brought inside and as it was opened, it exploded in the kitchen resulting in the injuries.

The Texas governor's office is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the deadly package blasts in Austin over the past 10 days. Investigators have not come up with a motive, and he did not say if anybody has claimed responsibility.

Police were processing the scene at the first Monday explosion when the second occurred.

Neighbor Keith Reynolds heard what sounded to him like a propane explosion. A 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman in her 40s was seriously injured. Manley said she was in critical but stable condition. Manley said the woman who was injured in that attack is a 40-year-old woman who remains hospitalized.

"We are praying and thinking of her through her recovery in this incident", Manley said.

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He says the package that exploded Monday and the one that detonated on March 2 had been left on the front doorsteps and were not delivered by a mail service. House's death was initially investigated as suspicious but is now viewed as a homicide.

"We can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this but we are not saying that that is the cause", Manley told a news conference.

Both took place in the morning hours, and in both cases, the package was not delivered through the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said.

"So we can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this; but we're not saying that that's the cause as well", the police chief said.

The three explosions occurred in different parts of east Austin. Manley said all of the cases have happened in residential areas, and two of the victims who were killed were African Americans. Police said they had no indication it was related to terrorism.

After talking with Manley, McManus said the FBI, ATF and Austin PD believe all the explosions are connected with each other but do not know why they are being sent to the homes.

Manley strongly urged residents to be on the lookout for suspicious packages and to alert authorities immediately. "We are looking at these incidents as being related based on similarities that we have seen in the initial evidence we have on scene here, compared to what we found at the explosion that happened a week back", Manley said at the scene of Monday's explosion.