Austin rocked by 3rd explosion in 11 days
Police have said that the two blasts that rocked Austin, Texas, today are related to a similar one that occurred on March 2. Monday's blasts left one teen dead and two women battling significant injuries.
The first blast, reported about 6:44 a.m., killed a male teenager and injured a woman in her 40s. The second explosion today injured another woman, with authorities evaluating whether a second person was also hurt, according to the Austin Police Department.
Police Chief Brian Manley said today that today's two explosions are linked to a March 2 blast in Austin, though there is "no specific ideology or victimology behind this."
Investigators said earlier that first blast today might be connected to a March 2 blast in Austin because of the composition of the explosive device used. The police chief declined to discuss the construction of the explosive device or what specific elements make it look similar to the earlier one.
The explosion "is very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin back on March 2, and if you’ll remember, that incident also occurred in the morning hours when the victim, in that case, went out front and found a package on their front steps that exploded causing that individual’s death," Manley said at a news conference Monday.