Austin police say three explosions over past 10 days related, no motive yet

Gov. Abbott's office offering $15K reward for information leading to arrest

By RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator, Ben Spicer - Web Producer, The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas - 4 PM UPDATE:  Organizers of the South By Southwest festival are urging those visiting Austin, "if you see something, say something," after three package bombings killed two people and injured two others in less than two weeks.

In a tweet Monday, organizers said, "SXSW is heartbroken by the explosions in Austin" and asked the thousands of festival attendees to notify the authorities of anything suspicious.

An explosion at a home in east Austin early Monday killed a teenager and wounded a woman in her 40s.

Another package exploded about five miles away hours later, injuring a 75-year-old woman.

The blasts occurred far from the heart of South By Southwest, which happens mostly in downtown Austin.

Police said festivalgoers weren't at risk but should be aware of what's happening.

3 PM UPDATE: Austin police gave an update on the second explosion that happened today at a home. The victim of the second explosion on Monday is 75-year-old Hispanic female. 

2:30 PM UPDATE: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement on Monday following multiple package bombings in Austin.

The Office of 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.

The statement reads:

"First and foremost, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of these atrocious attacks," said Governor Abbott. "I want to assure all Texans, and especially those in Austin, that local, state and federal law enforcement officials are working diligently to find those responsible for these heinous crimes. As the investigation continues, the State of Texas will provide any resources necessary to ensure the safety of our citizens, and quickly bring those guilty to justice."

To be eligible for a cash reward, tips must be submitted to Texas Crime Stoppers using one of the following methods:

  • Call 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.

12:15 p.m. UPDATE: Another explosion has been reported at an Austin address. This is the second explosion today and third similar incident this month. Stay with KSAT for the latest on this breaking news.

11 a.m. UPDATE: Austin police gave an update on the explosion that killed a teenage boy and injured a woman early Monday morning.

The explosion occurred inside a home and was delivered to the victims. Here is the update from the department's Twitter feed. 

Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home, killing a teenager and wounding a woman, is linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas' capital city 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 a 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.

He says that package was brought into the kitchen where it detonated, killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring the woman. The FBI is helping Austin police in the investigation.


A teenager is dead and a woman has potential life-threatening injuries following an explosion at a home in Austin early Monday morning, KTBC reports.

According to a tweet sent out by Austin PD early Monday, the original call was made around 6:44 a.m. for an explosion at a home in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, which is located not far from East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the city's East Side.

The woman was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center for her injuries. The victim's names are not currently known. A reason for the explosion also has yet to be announced.

Residents around the area of the home have been evacuated onto a metro bus as police continue their investigation. This is the second explosion in a neighborhood in recent weeks, KTBC said.

This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT 12 both online and on-air for more information.

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