Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Texas Governor offers $15000 reward for information on Austin explosions

Texas Governor offers $15000 reward for information on Austin explosions

The explosions, two of which occurred on Monday, have killed two people and injured two others in Austin and are all believed to be connected.

In describing the blast that killed the teenager, Manley said: "One of the residents went out front and there was a package on the front doorstep". Two similar packages left at separate homes Monday killed a 17-year-old and wounded two others. In that explosion, a 75-year-old Hispanic woman was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Chief Brian Manley with the Austin Police Department said one of the residents had taken a package inside the home and it exploded while they were trying to open it up in the kitchen.

In all three cases, police said the packages did not appear to have gone through the US Postal Service or private carriers like UPS, but were left on doorsteps without a knock or ringing of doorbells.

"We are not ruling anything out at this point", Manley said. Police said festivalgoers weren't at risk but should be aware of what's happening. "That was very terrifying for me", Burdett said. "It's just a regular family neighborhood", he said. "There's a certain level of skill and sophistication that whoever is doing this has".

A 17-year-old boy died Monday after an explosion around 6:44 a.m. that took place in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive.

While he did not release details of what evidence was recovered, he said investigators knew the type of explosive device used.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted, "With three reported explosions in the Austin area, I want to urge all Texans to report any suspicious or unexpected packages arriving by mail to local law enforcement authorities".

The Austin Police Department told CBS News Monday night 82 people have called to report a suspicious package in the last 12 hours. "You knew that something bad was happening", Reynolds said, adding that the victim's body was riddled with holes as emergency responders took her out of the house.

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FBI agents from Dallas are now joining agents from Austin and San Antonio in the investigation.

Lamont Tucker, a longtime resident of the neighbourhood who knew the woman injured in the explosion, heard the blast in the early morning.

Key said that while there are many ways to build bombs with easy-to-obtain chemicals and materials, "high explosives", such as dynamite, are harder to come by. Later in the morning, investigators at that scene had to rush miles away to respond to the second explosion, which seriously injured a woman identified by her relatives as Herrera.

Manley said the packages are "average sized delivery boxes, not exceptionally large" that the residents found outside their houses.

"If you find any suspicious packages on your front porch, at your residence, call 9-1-1".

Governor Greg Abbott offered a U.S. $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Austin Police, ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are all working together. "The ATF explosive specialists and their laboratory are quite adept at recovering evidence that frequently can lead to determining the components of the device".

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