Google MapsThe approximate sites of all three explosions, if you were to walk to each location.
Three explosions from package bombs have rocked Austin this month, leaving two people dead and another person in serious condition. Residents in Austin and visitors from the huge SXSW event going on right now have been urged not to open or even touch any packages that they are not expecting. If you see a strange package, call the police and don’t touch it. Police believe that the three explosions are connected, but they don’t know a motive yet. They haven’t ruled out the possibility of a hate crime, since the first two victims were African-American and the third victim was Hispanic. Gov. Abbott has offered a $15,000 reward in connection with the bombings. Authorities say that they don’t believe the packages arrived from the USPS or private mail carriers. The photo above shows the approximate location of each explosion on Google Maps and how far away they are from each other. There are about 15 miles (if walking) between the first explosion and the last. Note that all the locations on the maps are approximate, as we’ve only been given the block that an explosion took place and not the exact house address. Read on for more details about the explosions and where they happened.
The First Explosion Took Place in the 1100 Block of Haverford Drive on Friday, March 2
The first explosion took place on March 2 in a neighborhood in north Austin. Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed after a device exploded on his front porch. The explosion was in northeast Austin in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive, about 12 miles north of Monday’s first explosion. The map above is an interactive map showing the approximate location of the bomb. Here’s a screenshot of where the explosion took place, east of 35 in the Harris Ridge area, not far from Dell Parmer South Campus and Parmer North.
House was transported to Round Rock Hospital, where he later died. Before the second and third explosions happened, police had not ruled out the idea that House had made the bomb himself and had been investigating his death as suspicious. It’s now considered a homicide. House had previously faced charges in Travis County, but House’s brother, Norrell Waynewood, told Heavy that there was no way this was the case and the explosion happened in front of House’s daughter while he was getting ready to take her to school. Learn more about House in Heavy’s story here.
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