Texas package bombs probed as possible hate crimes

The scene of a deadly package bomb explosion in East Austin

Two package bombs that killed a teen and critically wounded an elderly woman in Austin, Texas, Monday might be related to another bombing that killed a man earlier in the month, authorities said.

"It is very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin on March 2", Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.

He said officials with the US post office and large package delivery services, including UPS and Federal Express, have no record of dropping off parcels to the three addresses.

He warned residents to watch out for unexpected boxes left outside their homes, without picking them up, and to report anything suspicious to police.

"We do not know yet whether the victims are the intended targets", Manley said, adding that some homes had multiple residents and the bomber may have also targeted the wrong addresses.

Austin's police chief says package bombs caused both explosions in Texas' capital city on Monday, making it three this month. On Monday, a teenager was killed and at least two women sustained serious injuries after opening packages that were left outside their homes.

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Authorities have identified one victim. If you're at SXSW, you should probably be more cautious for odd packages if you're staying at a home that's an Airbnb, since the three packages so far have been left outside of homes. He says they aren't ruling anything out, but they are no longer "making the connection to a hate crime".

The bomb squad and FBI are now at the scene assisting the Austin Police Department with the investigation.

The boy was found dead at the scene and a woman aged in her 40s was rushed to hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

The house in Monday's attack sustained significant damage, according to Manley, who said investigators from several agencies would be combing through the property for clues.

The 17-year-old found a package outside his house in a tree-lined, mixed race residential area and brought it into the kitchen, where it exploded, Manley said.

Manley said investigators believe the March 2 attack and Monday's first explosion are related.

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Monday's second explosion occurred about five miles south of the day's first blast.

Manley told CBS News that the explosions aren't just happening when people pick them up.

Joanna Samarripa, who lives around the corner, said she saw a woman slumped in the doorway of the home after the blast. Following the second explosion hours later, he said authorities had not settled on a motive and could not rule anything out.

House's death was initially called a homicide, but police last week said it was considered a suspicious death because officials hadn't ruled out the possibility the victim may have constructed and accidentally detonated the device himself.

"I checked my house first of all to make sure nothing was on fire, I did look outside at that point and next thing I knew police were knocking at the door saying that there was a suspicious package, one had exploded and that I needed to leave the house", she said.

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