Correction: A previous headline for this story on the CNN app incorrectly stated that the explosive packages were connected to the South By Southwest Interactive Festival, now taking place in Austin. The Police Chief said the residents found packages outside their homes with no address and upon opening the boxes would explode. Two of the bombs exploded on Monday, just hours of each other killing a 39-year-old man and a 17-year old male, both victims were African-American.
But in the second case, a package was brought into the kitchen and opened before it exploded and killed the teen. The police chief, who was still on the scene of the first explosion, hopped in his auto and headed to the second. A neighbor who lives five houses to the blast, says she and her husband saw the 75-year-old woman in the yard covered in grass. When she picked it up, it detonated, sending her to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, officials said.
The first explosion, on March 2, killed Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old black man, at a house in the city's Harris Ridge neighbourhood, which is home to technology companies and about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of downtown.
"It was a family home that had God in it", she said.
Austin's police chief says package bombs caused both explosions in Texas' capital city on Monday, making it three this month.
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Manley said authorities know what kind of explosive devices were used, but they are not revealing details to preserve the integrity of the investigation. Police now say Monday's blasts are connected to a third less than two weeks ago. But he said it's not clear the victims knew each other directly, or if they were specifically targeted. No one else was injured in the explosion.
"We have no specific ideology or victimology behind this, and it will remain an ongoing investigation while we pursue any and every lead", Manley said.
He implored residents to be especially careful about handling any unexpected deliveries left in front of their residences, adding that the explosive devices as being housed in boxes of an average size.
Manley said federal and local investigators would spend the day Monday analyzing the latest explosions and trying to piece together how the bombs were built. The woman received minor injuries.
FBI teams from Austin, San Antonio and Dallas were investigating as was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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Manley strongly urged residents to be on the lookout for suspicious packages and to alert authorities immediately.
Manley said anyone receiving a package they don't recognize should call 911.
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.
Community organizers said they planned an event Friday night to help the community discuss what has been happening and potentially talk about raising money for more cameras in East Austin.
The ATF is processing evidence from the first device at its lab and evidence from the second device will also be sent to an ATF lab for consistency.
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