Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:22 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2013 12:58 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Police said multiple explosive devices were found in a Brownsville home. One detonated this morning and injured three people, including a 5-year-old girl.
Officers said they've removed one explosive device, and at least one other remains in the home on the 3000 block of Resaca Vista Drive. Authorities evacuated the block as they worked to clear the scene.
The three people injured this morning were taken to the Valley Regional Medical Center for treatment for second-degree burns. The 5-year-old is expected to be taken to a burn unit in San Antonio. Officers said she caught the brunt of the explosion.
A Hazmat crew was called to the hospital, where they decontaminated medical staff who treated the family. The hospital closed off the parking area, where the decontamination was taking place.
Investigators said they haven't found a motive in the case. We learned the suspicious package with the devices was left at the home overnight.
We're told a man at the home took the package inside. According to officers, the family opened the package this morning and it exploded. In addition to the family's injuries, there was extensive damage to the dining room area.
Meanwhile, neighbors who are evacuated are waiting to get back into their homes. Many are watching authorities as they work to clear the scene. They describe the neighborhood as fairly new and usually quiet. Many were shocked when they heard about the explosion.
Two schools are located near the neighborhood. Brownsville ISD officials said the campuses were never placed on lockdown, but extra security has been sent to the schools as a precaution.