What we know so far about the Austin Explosions

By Megan Menchaca

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For the past three weeks, a bomber has terrorized the city of Austin by planting deadly homemade bombs at residential locations, causing a series of explosions around the city. But after law enforcement began to enclose on the location of the bomber, the prime bombing suspect, Mark Conditt, killed himself with an explosive device. And while the motive of the bomber has not yet been revealed, here is what authorities currently know about the five explosions:




The First Explosion: March 2nd


Anthony House, 39, was killed at 66:55 a.m. on the porch of his house at 1100 Haverford Drive in Northeast Austin. According to the Statesman, police said first responders took House to a hospital, but he died from his injuries shortly after the blast. Police originally called the bombing an “isolated incident” and didn’t rule out that House could have constructed the bomb himself and accidentally detonated it.




The Second and Third Explosions: March 12th


Within the span of six hours, three more people became victims of the explosions. Draylen Mason, 17, was killed at 6:44 a.m. at his house on 4800 Oldfort Hill Drive. His mother Shamika Wilson was also injured. At 11:49 a.m., Esperanza Herrera was severely injured at 6700 Galindo Street in Southeast Austin. According to the Statesman, police then confirmed that they believe that all three of the bombings were related and that they were not left by a mail carrier or delivery service.




The Fourth Explosion: March 18th


Six days later, two men in their 20s go to the hospital with serious injuries after activating explosion by a trip wire with their bikes on 4800 Dawn Song Drive. Just before the trip wire’s activation, the police department offers a $115,000 reward for information. Afterward, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Austin was clearly dealing with a serial bomber. According to the Statesman, unlike the victims of the previous blasts, who were people of color, the two men wounded were white.




The Fifth Explosion: March 18th


At 12:25 a.m., the fifth explosion occurs while a package was traveling along a conveyor at a FedEx on 9900 Doerr Lane near San Antonio. According to the San Antonio Express-News, radio traffic shows Schertz police knew that the package destination was in Austin. The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed one female employee received treatment at the scene and released.