Third Package Explosion in Austin in Two Weeks

The scene of a deadly package bomb explosion in East Austin

The scene of a deadly package bomb explosion in East Austin

"We are looking at these incidents as being related", Manley said, adding that federal investigators had joined the search for suspects and a possible motive. Two homes that received the packages belonged to African-Americans, the police said.

Authorities have looked at connections between the victims themselves as they investigate the three explosions at three homes, which have killed two people and seriously injured two others.

"At this point we don't know yet why this is happening or what they motivation is", said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

"We are not going to tolerate this in Austin and you will see every stop will be pulled out".

To attain some ground in the case, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has set out a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or people involved in the package bombs.

"Like, why?" FBI teams from Austin, San Antonio and Dallas were investigating as was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"These packages are being delivered in the night time hours and in the morning when the resident comes out they find them on their doorstep".

That was about 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of the home where the March 2 package bombing occurred.

Castillo's parents said they carried blankets to her because the explosion ripped off some of her clothing, she said. The first came in at 6:44 am.

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The pair of explosions come after a similar incident on March 2 when a package exploded on the porch of an Austin home and claimed the life of Anthony House.

That's how many people living on Oldfort Hill Drive feel after waking up to a loud noise and finding out it was an exploding package - killing one.

The teen died in the hospital.

"I want the public to be aware and cautious", Manley told reporters.

Austin-Travis County emergency medical services tweeted that the later blast left a woman in her 70s with potentially life-threatening injuries and that a second woman in her 80s was being treated for an unrelated medical issue. But he said it's not clear the victims knew each other directly, or if they were specifically targeted. He said his office has not ruled out terrorism.

"It's not time to panic, but it is time to be vigilant", Manley said.

Manley strongly urged residents to be on the lookout for suspicious packages and to alert authorities immediately. In all three cases, he said, the packages did not appear to have gone through the U.S. Postal Service or private carriers, but were left on doorsteps without knocking or ringing doorbells. None of the deadly packages actually went through the mail. Monday's second explosion occurred around the Montopolis neighborhood, about 5 miles south of the day's first blast.

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.

There was nothing obvious linking the three areas where the bombs exploded, other than all were east of Interstate 35 that divides the city. Officials are warning residents to not open any unknown packages.

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