‘Package explosion’ kills 1 at Austin home

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A package has exploded at a residence in Austin, killing a teenager and seriously injuring a woman, officials in Texas say, just over a week after a package bomb killed one person.

The incident happened at about 6:44 a.m. CT on Monday when emergency services were called to a residence in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, which is located in the northeast of Austin.

Upon arrival, emergency services located a teenage boy who was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman in her 40s who was suffering from serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, according to paramedics.

The area has been cordoned off but there was no immediate word on the cause of the blast, which is believed to have originated in a package.

The incident comes just over a week after a package bomb exploded at a residence about 8.5 miles (13.6 kilometers) north of Tuesday’s blast. A man, identified as 39-year-old Anthony House, was killed.

“It is too early at this point to determine whether the incidents are related,” a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department said. Police had previously said the March 2 explosion was an isolated incident with no known links to terrorism.

Police will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. CT.

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