Police: 2 explosive devices in Beaumont appear linked

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Police in Beaumont say two explosive devices recently discovered in the city appear to be linked and investigators are working to ensure the incidents don't "mirror the recent events of Austin."

Officials said in a statement Friday that they're trying to determine if those responsible for the Beaumont devices may have had a "vendetta against specific members of our community."

A device exploded May 10 outside an Episcopal church, shattering windows and causing other damage. No one was hurt.

Another device that didn't detonate was found April 26 outside a Starbuck's.

The incidents follow a series of package bombs that exploded in the Austin area over a three-week period, killing two people and severely wounding four others. The suspect used one of his own devices to blow himself up as authorities approached March 21.