A teenager was killed and a woman was seriously hurt after a package exploded at an Austin home Monday — and officials said they were investigating if the blast was related to a similar explosion two weeks ago in Texas’ capital city.
Austin Police told FOX7 they received a call about the explosion in a residential neighborhood on the northwest side of the city around 6:45 a.m.
The Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that a teenage male was killed and a woman in her 40s was taken to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.
Michelle Lee, special agent for the FBI, told the Austin American-Statesman that federal officials were responding to the incident. FBI agents could be seen going around the neighborhood.
Neighbor Cynthia Burdett, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1999 and close to the home where the blast took place, said she was in “total shock’ and the whole incident was “very scary.”
“I checked my house first of all to make sure nothing was on fire, I did look outside at that point and next thing I knew police were knocking at the door saying that there was a suspicious package, one had exploded and that I needed to leave the house,” she told reporters.
She said her neighbors are very good neighbors, “church-going’ people who are “a very good family.”
Authorities have not yet said if the blast Monday was related to another explosion on March 2 that left a man dead.
In that incident, 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House was killed after a “device” exploded on the front porch of his home in the city’s northeast Harris Ridge neighborhood about 12 miles north of Monday’s blast. Both explosions occurred in the early-morning hours.
House’s death was initially called a homicide, but police last week said it now is considered a suspicious death because officials hadn’t ruled out the possibility the victim may have constructed and accidentally detonated the device himself.
Austin police said they’ve determined the device was inside a package, and are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to reconstruct the item and learn who may have created it.
Officials have not yet released any further details on the March 2 blast.