One person dead, one hurt after package explodes inside home

Sergio Conner
March 12, 2018

The bomb squad and FBI are now at the scene assisting the Austin Police Department with the investigation.

Emergency personnel from Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin police and fire responded to the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive at 6:44 a.m., EMS officials said. Case is similar to another package explosion that killed a man last week in Austin.

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Officials are now warning the community to be aware of suspicious packages found. Police say to not handle any suspicious package found on a front porch, but to instead call 911 so they can inspect it. Both explosions occurred in the early-morning hours.

No one else was injured.

Out of an abundance of caution, police said they evacuated neighbors on each side of the street due to the fear that there could have been a second package at the scene.

The cites of both explosions were homes owned by black families, and they are now being investigated as "suspicious deaths", potential homicides and potential hate crimes, though the authorities have not ruled out possible links to terrorism. Authorities said the woman is in her 40s, but police have released no other details about the pair or the explosion. Potential second suspicious package nearby. However, they cannot say it's the cause.

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