Teen killed, woman injured in second Austin explosion

The scene of a deadly package bomb explosion in East Austin

The package bomb attacks come as almost half a million visitors converge for South by Southwest, a time when national attention is usually focused on Austin for celebrity sightings and other entertainment news.

One package was found on the front porch and taken to the kitchen, where it later exploded.

The attacks took place as Austin hosted thousands of out-of-town visitors for its annual South by Southwest festival.

Manley said multiple people live in the homes where the "boxlike" explosive devices were left at front doors. Two similar packages left at separate homes Monday killed a 17-year-old and wounded two others.

Manley said his office still didn't know the motive behind the attacks. Instead, they appear to have been left on doorsteps of homes.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the attacks, but it is possible that the victims could have been targeted due to their race, he said. "Somebody knew the connection".

Mason's wife, Lavonne confirmed that her grandson was killed in the explosion Monday morning.

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Police have not identified the latest victims but said all were either black or Hispanic.

He said his "heart is breaking" for the 17-year-old victim, and that "we're going to have to be cautious and watch our surroundings, because people are getting outrageous".

The Monday blasts were in homes about four miles apart in East Austin, a predominantly Hispanic and minority area undergoing gentrification after a surge in the city's population. House was the stepson of Freddie Dixon, a former pastor at a historic black church in Austin, the Post said.

"It's not just coincidental", Dixon said.

Rick Hahn, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent and counterterrorism consultant, said investigators would probably take a close look at the components used in each bomb to see whether any unique parts can be traced back to a seller or manufacturer, which might lead authorities to the killer or killers.

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"We will respond", Manley said. House's death was initially investigated as suspicious but is now viewed as a homicide.

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After the second explosion, Manley said that "we do see similarities" between the incidents, but he declined to elaborate. Two people have died within 10 days from opening a package that then exploded once opened. Neighbors report hearing a house-shaking #explosion. Guerrero said he climbed onto his roof, where he could see police walking up to one of his neighbors' homes.

"She used to come by and pick roses from my yard to take to her mother", Barba said.

Manley warned the public about receiving unexpected or suspicious-looking deliveries in an "average-size delivery box", but declined to offer more specifics about the packages to protect the integrity of the investigation. Nothing risky was found after any of those calls, according to Manley.

Lamont Tucker, a longtime resident of the neighbourhood who knew the woman injured in the explosion, heard the blast in the early morning. The police chief refused to provide many details about how the explosives were packaged, citing the ongoing investigation.

While still at the home on Oldfort Hill Drive, officials were alerted to the second case Monday in the 6700 block of Galindo Street. That group is activated for particularly large-scale or complicated fires and explosions, including the West, Texas, plant fire in 2013 and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

"We continue to work with law enforcement and our venues to address the safety of SXSW attendees", a festival spokesperson said. "This is an issue that should have been dealt with when the first explosion went off".

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