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Package explosions in Texas kill 2

13 March 2018

Isaac Machado hides behind his hat against his mother, Delores, outside the scene of an explosion on Galindo Street in Austin, Texas, on Monday.

An ABC affiliate in Austin reported that the original call was made at 6:44 a.m. on Monday.

Authorities investigate the scene after multiple explosions in Austin on Monday, March 12, 2018.

"It sounded like two cars hit each other, you know?" I thought it was my heater exploding or something like that.

CNN is not naming the 17-year-old victim because he has not been identified yet by authorities, but an Austin Community College professor who taught him last year said he had a bright future. Here's a screenshot of where the explosion took place, east of 35 in the Harris Ridge area, not far from Dell Parmer South Campus and Parmer North.

No one else was injured. "We have trauma activation, 65-year-old female, they are treating trauma, head and torso", an EMS worker was heard saying.

Still, he said, people are "very concerned and feel very vulnerable".

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- "The evidence makes us believe these incidents are related", Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. The police have warned citizens against opening odd packages. Police evacuated nearby homes and closed several streets in the neighborhood.

House was bleeding from the face, had shrapnel in his chest, and both of his hands had been almost blown off, according to his neighbor Sean Philips.

Monday's violence killed a 17-year-old boy and badly injured a 75-year-old woman in separate blasts. A package was reportedly left at the front door step and when it was brought inside, it went off.

Later on Monday, a woman in her 70s was injured in a third explosion, which the city fire department said was also caused by a package.

"We do not believe at all that this was a delivery that came through the postal service", Manley said.

The explosion was in northeast Austin in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive, about 12 miles north of Monday's first explosion. Police did not elaborate on the woman's injuries.

However, a motive in the three incidents remains unclear at this time.

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Though investigators aren't ruling anything out so early in the process, Chief Manley confirmed that following the newest attack, they are no longer "making the connection to a hate crime", according to live updates via the Associated Press.

He said there is no immediate threat in Houston, but still wants people to be aware of their surroundings and keep a close eye on what is being delivered to their homes.

"Our advice at this point is that if you get a package from someone that you don't know who it is, if it doesn't look like it's from a company but a random package, do not open it, call us and let us look at it", McManus said.

Austin residents are being asked to call 9-1-1 if they receive unexpected packages on their doorsteps.

Manley added that it is best not to manipulate the suspicious packages because anything could trigger them to detonate.

"We will not tolerate this in Austin", Manley said.

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Package explosions in Texas kill 2