Six explosions have now rocked Austin since March 2, including one bomb which was found before it exploded for a total of seven bombs. Two people have died. Residents in Austin have been urged not to open or even touch any packages that they are not expecting and to keep an eye out for anything that appears out of place. If you see a strange package, whether on your porch or in the city, call the police and don’t touch it. Police believe that the explosions are connected (although they are still determining details about the most recent one.) They don’t know a motive yet. Gov. Abbott had offered a $15,000 reward in connection with the bombings, and the overall reward had just been increased to $100,000 on March 18. Authorities say that they don’t believe the packages from the first three explosions arrived via USPS or private mail carriers, although two bombs were later sent through FedEx.
The photo above shows the approximate location of each explosion on Google Maps and how far away they are from each other. The map does not show the explosions at the two FedEx buildings, since those were not the intended targets. Instead, it shows where the two bombs from Tuesday morning were mailed.
There were about 15 miles (if walking) between the first explosion and the third. A total of about 25 miles (if walking) covers the distance traveling on foot from the first explosion to the fourth. From the first explosion to the seventh bomb, a total of 27.7 miles (if walking) are covered. It should be noted that authorities have not yet said officially if they believe the latest bomb is connected to the rest. But it was only a few miles from where authorities believe the bomber mailed the two FedEx bombs on Tuesday morning. Note that all except the last two locations on the maps are approximate. Read on for more details about the explosions and where they happened.
Tuesday Night March 20, a Possible Bomb Exploded at a South Austin Goodwill Store on Brodie Lane
Now authorities are responding to a sixth explosion (and possibly seventh bomb) at 9801 Brodie Lane in Austin, just a little more than three miles from where officials believe the bomber mailed the two bombs found at FedEx facilities on Tuesday morning. Early reports indicated that a man in his 30s was injured with potentially serious but not life-threatening injuries. Details are still being determined as the scene is processed, but authorities are saying that the injured man, an employee, may have been looking into the donation box at Goodwill when the bomb exploded. A second device may be on the scene.
On Tuesday March 20, Two Bombs Were Mailed from a Fedex Dropoff on 5601 Brodie Ln.
On Tuesday March 20, two bombs were found at separate locations that had both been mailed from a FedEx dropoff on 5601 Brodie Lane. The first bomb exploded at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz while it was on a conveyor belt, leaving one employee with minor injuries. The second bomb was discovered at another FedEx facility in Austin before it exploded. Both bombs were addressed to addresses in Austin, but authorities have not released any further details on the destinations.
The Fourth Explosion, a Tripwire Bomb on Sunday March 18, Was at the 4800 Block of Dawn Song Drive
A fourth explosion was reported in southwest Austin on Sunday night, March 18 around 8:30 p.m. Two males were transported to hospitals with injuries, but officials said they thought the injuries weren’t life-threatening. Residents in the area were asked to stay in their homes until the next day as police canvassed the scene. Police later reported that the bomb was triggered by a tripwire.
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.
The Second Explosion Occurred the Morning of Monday, March 12 in the 4800 Block of Oldfort Hill Drive
The second explosion occurred this morning at 6:45 a.m. on Monday, March 12 in northwest Austin, in the 4800 block of Old Fort Hill Drive, near the intersection of Springdale Road and East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The map above can give you an idea of where it took place. The location was between 51st Street and E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, not too far from 181, East Austin College Prep, and the Austin Wildlife Rescue. A 17-year-old found a package in front of his front door. He brought it inside and the package exploded after he opened it and he was killed. A woman in her 40s was also injured, but has non life-threatening injuries.
The Third Explosion Happened Monday, March 12 Around 11:50 a.m. in the 6700 Block of Galindo Street
The third explosion happened a few hours later on March 12, around 11:50 a.m. This explosion occurred southeast of downtown Austin in the 6700 block of Galindo Street, near the intersection of Montopolis Drive and East Riverside Drive. This is not too far from the Montopolis Neighborhood Park. A 75-year-old Hispanic woman found a mysterious package, which was left outside her home. She picked it up and it exploded before she opened it, LA Times reported. She had serious injuries that could be life-threatening. Austin American Statesman shared this map above, showing the approximate location of the bomb on the 6700 block of Galindo Street.
Here Are How Close the First Explosions Were to SXSW
Thousands of people were in Austin for SXSW when the first explosions were reported, and they may were likely wondering just how close each explosion was to SXSW. South by Southwest was in downtown Austin. The third explosion brought it closer to the area where SXSW was held:
More specifically, the third explosion was in the 6700 block of Galindo Street, which is south of downtown Austin where SXSW is held. The location on the map above is approximate, since SXSW actually occurs on multiple streets in downtown Austin and not just the location on the map.
Since news of the explosion has emerged, police have received hundreds of suspicious package call. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Austin police’s homicide tip line at 512-477-3588, or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477. Do not touch or attempt to open any package that you are not expecting. You can set up alerts through Amazon and USPS so you’ll be notified if a package is arriving.