?If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately. RT- Help us spread this message. ? https://t.co/j9bxbaaBce
— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) March 12, 2018
I would also add to leave the parcel/package exactly where it is, move yourself, anyone else – friends, neighbors, and/or relations – as well as pets well away from it and await the arrival of the police and the bomb squad.
From CBS Austin:
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Police, Austin Fire and Austin-Travis County EMS crews are responding to a reported explosion in southeast Austin.
Its happening in the 6700 block of Galindo, close to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, near Hwy 183 and Hwy 71.
EMS says a woman in her 70s was injured and is being transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.
There is no word yet if it is related to another deadly explosion that happened on Monday.
NBCDFW has the report on that other, and deadly, explosion today:
Authorities have not said whether the most recent explosion was caused by a package bomb like the one that exploded earlier Monday about 5 miles away, or another earlier this month.
Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday — before the third explosion — that investigators believe the deadly package blast Monday is linked to a March 2 package bomb that killed a 39-year-old man in another part of the city.
In each case, Manley said, the package bombs were left on the victims’ front doorsteps and not delivered by a mail service. He said the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred Monday. He said that package was brought into the kitchen where it detonated, killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring the woman.
The March 2 explosion occurred about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Monday’s blast. Both explosions occurred in the early-morning hours.
The chief said all of the victims have been black and that investigators are considering whether race could have factored into the attacks.
Here’s Austin Police Chief Manley doing a press conference:
Whether you live in Austin or anywhere else, if you receive a package you are not expecting: do NOT open it. Move yourself and anyone else away from the package, contact authorities, and wait for them to respond. Better safe than sorry as this type of thing has the unfortunate tendency to create copycats. And the copycats may not be good at building improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Or they may simply put non-lethal or lethal noxious substances in the package because they can’t figure out how to make a bomb. Finally, if today’s bombings/explosions are linked than it may mean that the perpetrator is shifting into a more rapid operational cycle.
Updated at 3:55 PM EDT
The second victim today was a Latina woman.
UPDATE: Police say third explosion at southeast Austin home is related to two other explosions that left two people dead and one injured https://t.co/HhLEuTeq6H
— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) March 12, 2018
Manley: “This evidence makes us believe these incidents are related.” APD says they are unable to identify a motive and are not ruling anything out. “If you know anything about these attacks it is imperative that you come forward and let us know.”
— MelanieTorre (@melanietorre) March 12, 2018
Briefing regarding explosion on Galindo. https://t.co/gkSSgME0S4
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018
Stay frosty! And safe!