A teenager was killed and a woman gravely injured in an explosion in Austin, Texas, this morning.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services reported the explosion, saying the blast occurred at around 6:44 a.m. local time in the northeast section of the city.
A male teenager who has not been publicly identified was reported dead on the scene and a woman in her 40s was transported to a nearby hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
The FBI said that it is responding to the reported explosion and assisting Austin police. The explosion took place at a single family home.
The explosion is reportedly from a package. ATF is responding to the scene.
BREAKING: ATF is responding to the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas. pic.twitter.com/hs5VJWRp9b
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 12, 2018
Police now believe that this explosion and two others are related. The other explosions, one more today and another from March 2nd, are all considered to be “similar” in nature. Two of these explosions have been fatal.
The second package explosion today left a 75-year-old woman in critical but stable condition.
A task force has been formed to investigate the occurrences. Police are warning residents to remain vigilant and that if they encounter any packages that are unexpected to call 911. (source)