Developing: Two Explosions Rock Austin, TX, at Least 1 Dead


One teenager has been killed and a woman sustained life-threatening injuries in a pair of home explosions in Austin, Texas on Monday.

The Austin Police Department received a call about the first explosion at 6:45 a.m. A 17 year-old found a package on his front step and took it inside to open, only for the parcel to explode, Fox News reported.

“It is very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin on March 2,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters on Monday.

That blast left one 39-year-old man dead.

Authorities do not believe Monday’s package came through either the U.S. Post Office or any private delivery service.

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The report of a second explosion came into police just before noon on Monday.

That blast left a woman in her 70s with life-threatening injuries.

Law enforcement officials believe all three blasts were related.

According to Fox, the incidents all occurred within 16 miles of each other.

The news outlet noted the blasts have taken place as thousands of visitors are coming to Austin for the South by Southwest music and film festival.

“My heart goes out to the family of the individual who died & was injured from the explosion on Old Fort Hill Dr,” Manley tweeted. “This type of crime will not be tolerated in #ATX.”

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He exhorted anyone receiving packages in the Austin area to be on the look out and report them.

“If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately,” he tweeted.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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