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Massive investigation unfolding after 4 bombings in Austin

Massive investigation unfolding after 4 bombings in Austin
From CBC - March 20, 2018

Police in Austin, Texas, are looking for answersand urging people to be cautious around unexpected packages after a series of bomb blasts left two dead and four people injured.

1st explosion

The first call to police came the morning ofFriday, March 2, after an explosion on HaverfordDrive.

Anthony Stephan House, 39, was treated at the scene, but died at hospital that same morning.

At the time, police issued a statement saying: "Based on information gathered so far, we believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no continuing threat to the community."

2nd explosion

Ten daysafter the blast that killed House, police got reports of another package bomb. In the early morning hours of Monday, March 12, a call came in about a blast on OldfortHill Drive in Austin.

APD responding to a reported explosion in the 4800 blk of Oldfort Hill Dr. The incident number is 180710340. The call came in as a nature unknown urgent at 6:44 this morning. PIO is en route and will tweet briefing time and location once determined. NOI

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"As they opened that package, both victims were in the kitchen, and the package exploded, causing the injuries that resulted in the young man's death and the injuries to the adult female," police Chief Brian Manleysaid at the time.

DraylenMason, 17, was killed by the explosion.His mother, 41, was seriously injured.

Manley said the Austin Police Department's homicide division was investigating, as was the FBI. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was also called in, as it had been for the March 2 blast.

APD briefing regarding explosion in the 4800 block of Old Fort Hill Drive. https://t.co/gY2yyu5aOY

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The U.S. Postal Service checked its records and did not believe thepackage came through its service.Police were checking with otherdelivery services, but the chief said"the initial indication from them is that this was not a package that was delivered by any mail service."

The chief said there were similarities to the March 2 blast, which also happened in the early morning hours.

"We are looking at anything that might tie these two together," the chief said, saying that though it was early in the investigation, itappeared the two incidents were related.

Police said they did not yet have a motive, but were not ruling out the possibility of a hate crime, saying both homes were owned by African Americans.

"We are not saying that's the cause as well, we are just acknowledging and looking at any possible motivations that would link these two cases together."

3rd explosion

The third blast and the second to hit on March 12 left a 75-year-old Hispanic woman seriously injured.

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4th explosion

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