Posted: Jan 11, 2013 3:36 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2013 3:59 PM
BROWNSVILLE - The relatives of a family injured Friday morning in a bomb explosion are refusing to cooperate with police, officials said.
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 shortly 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 ambulance to San Antonio. 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.
Authorities evacuated the block as they worked to clear the scene.
A Hazmat crew was called to the hospital in Brownsville, where they decontaminated medical staff who treated the family. The hospital closed off the parking area, where the decontamination was taking place.
In addition to the family's injuries, there was extensive damage to the dining room area.
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.