Posted: Jan 11, 2013 4:25 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2013 5:13 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Residents of a neighborhood where a bomb exploded injuring three members of a family have been left searching for answers.
The explosion happened at a home on the 3000 block of Resaca Vista Drive in north Brownsville. Police said the explosives were inside a box left outside of the home. The explosives went off after someone took the box into the house, officials said.
The blast injured a couple and their 5-year-old daughter. The victims were taken to Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville. The girl was later transported by to Galveston. Officials said weather conditions made it impossible to make the transfer by air. Three other family members were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, officials said.
Police said other family members were in the home when the explosion happened. Their refusal to cooperate with investigators has led authorities to believe the incident may be linked to cross-border criminal organizations
Police said the box contained multiple bombs, but only one exploded.
Neighborhood residents were asked to leave their homes as a bomb disposal robot was sent into the home to search for more explosives.
"I have no idea. I just came out and saw a whole bunch of police officers there. They said that they received a package and it exploded over there," a local resident said.
Many of the residents said they were home when the incident happened, but did not hear the explosion.
"I'm coming from work and was getting close to my house. The officer told me I couldn't go home," Tomas Flores said.
The incident kept people away from their homes for hours.
Area residents said the family injured in the explosion has lived at the home for about a year.
"I really feel sorry for that little kid. It shouldn't be happening around here you know," an area resident said.