Police Warn Austin Residents Not to Open Unexpected Packages After 3 Explosions

One person dead one hurt after reported explosion in Austin Texas

Days later, Austin police officers were dispatched on Monday around 6:44 a.m. for an explosion at a home on the city's East Side. The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are jointly investigating the incidents with APD.

To be eligible for the reward, tips must be submitted to Texas Crime Stoppers by telephone to 1-800-252-TIPS (8477), by texting "DPS" and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), by using the Texas Crime Stoppers website (https://gov.texas.gov/organization/crime-stoppers ), or by using the DPS mobile app. The first two packages were left at the homes of black residents, while Manley described the septuagenarian victim of the third blast as a Hispanic woman.

Manley said authorities know what kind of explosive devices were used, but they are not revealing details to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

Isaac Machado hides behind his hat against his mother Delores just outside the scene of an explosion on Galindo Street in Austin, Texas.

Five hours later, an elderly woman was badly injured when opening a package which was left outside her home.

He said the timing of the attacks is complicated by the fact that the city is hosting the SXSW conference, with business, music, film and technology leaders spread out at events throughout the city.

Manley implored members of the community with any information on the explosions - "however trivial you believe it to be", he said - to contact police.

"We cannot rule [out] that hate crime is at the core of this, but we're not saying that's the cause as well", Chief Brian said.

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Monday's second explosion occurred around the Montopolis neighborhood, about 5 miles south of the day's first blast. Both packages exploded as the residents opened them inside. Police have linked that deadly attack to a March 2 package bombing that killed a 39-year-old man in another neighborhood.

That woman's injuries were not life-threatening, he said. The woman, in her 40s, was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. A second woman from that address has been hospitalized with an unrelated medical issue. Manley said the package exploded after they opened it.

The first explosion killed a 39-year-old man on March 2 when a package exploded on his front porch. Manley said a motive in the two incidents remains unclear, but the victim in the first and second explosion are African American and they can not rule out that the incidents were hate crimes. Cops aren't ruling out whether the bombings were hate crimes.

Four years ago, a driver plowed through a barricade and into festival-goers, killing four people and injuring many others. Manley said the package was placed on the front step of the home. It's not clear how the package got to the victim's home on March 2.

In both cases, packages were left at the doorsteps of unsuspecting Austin residents. "They have, to our knowledge, evacuated", a dispatcher was heard saying earlier Monday.

"If you do not know who might have sent it, you're not expecting it, do not pick it up, do not shake it, don't listen to it, just call us (police) and we'll come out and we'll take care of it", McManus said.

The United States Postal Service told police that they reviewed their records, and they can confirm that the package did not come through the postal service.

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