Deadly package bombings in Austin likely related, police chief says

One person dead one hurt after reported explosion in Austin Texas

One person dead one hurt after reported explosion in Austin Texas

Police say the woman is in her 40s, but they haven't released any other information.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services reported the explosion on its verified Twitter account, saying the blast occurred at around 6:44 a.m. local time in the northeast section of the city.

The incident follows a deadly explosion in Austin on March 2.

"We can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this but we are not saying that that is the cause", Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told a news conference.

Police are on scene and investigating another suspicious package.

Update 10:55 a.m. CDT 3/12/2018: Two deadly package explosions in Austin in the past two weeks appear similar and related, authorities said Monday, and police are warning residents against taking suspicious packages inside their homes.

Police warned the public about handling packages they are not expecting.

According the KVUE reporter Tony Piohetski, officials said they will try to determine the similarities between the two recent cases.

In both cases, the packages apparently were delivered overnight and found in the morning, Manley said.

The chief also said that investigators are not ruling out the possibility of the explosions being a hate crime because the victims in the cases are African-American.

"We don't know what the motive behind these may be", Manley said.

Manley said that a second package was discovered near the site of Monday's blast and that some residents and media members were evacuated, or pushed farther from the blast site, as authorities determined whether or not it was another explosive.

"We are not going to tolerate this in Austin, and you have seen every stop will be pulled out. the federal agencies are with us to lend us a hand and to bring this to as quick as a resolution as possible", Manley added.

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