Police in Austin officials across the state are warning citizens not to open packages that appear suspicious or that they were not expecting, following three explosions at Austin homes this month that authorities believe are linked.
During a Monday afternoon press conference in the state capital, police said the packages were not delivered by any type of delivery service such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx.
The warnings came as police were responding to another explosion in Austin that badly injured a woman, hours after a package bomb killed a teenager and wounded a woman in another part of the city.
Authorities have not said whether the most recent explosion was caused by a package bomb like the one that exploded earlier today (Monday).
The package that exploded early today (Monday) killing a 17-year old boy and injuring a woman in her 40s, may be linked to a deadly package sent to another Austin home earlier this month because they were both left on the front doorstep and not delivered by a mail service.
Austin police Chief Brian Manley said at the news conference Monday that the U.S. Postal Service does not have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred Monday.
Authorities said earlier that the woman's injuries were life-threatening, but now Manley says she will survive.
Governor Greg Abbott says his office has been briefed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and has offered whatever resources necessary to assist authorities in their investigation.
Additionally, the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons involved in the deadly package blasts that have occurred in Austin over the past 10 days.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477)
Text the letters "DPS"- followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES)
Submit a web tip through the website
Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App
All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous regardless of submission type.