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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 1:30 pm

Police say a package that exploded at a north Brownsville home contained four pipe-like bombs.

Three people were injured, including a little girl, when the package detonated at the home in the 3000 block of Resaca Vista Drive.

Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said a package was left at the home of Jesus Juarez and when the family opened it, it exploded. Authorities do not know when the package was delivered or by whom.

Rodriguez said they evacuated nearby neighbors.

Family transported to burn hospitals

Five-year-old Andrea Juarez was transported to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. Her parents have been transported to Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit in San Antonio.

The police chief is asking that anyone who has business or lives in the area to please stay away.

The parents were originally taken to Valley Regional Medical Center where authorities say they increased security measures at the hospital.

Hospital officials say at the advice of law enforcement all hospital employees who treated the parents underwent decontamination in a secure area of the parking lot.

The emergency entrance to the hospital were blocked by authorities. The hospital continued to take emergency patients and the hospital was fully operational and no services were interrupted at any time.

Brownsville Independent School District officials confirm they increased security patrols around nearby Breeden Elementary.

Besides the family being injured, some of the home did receive fire damage. Also, a window was blown out.

No details about package

Authorities have not yet released the size or type of package that was found at the home. Just how the package was delivered to the residence is also under investigation.

Police spokesman J.J. Trevino said he did not know if the incident is cartel related. He also said it was too early to determine whether this is an isolated incident or if the family may have been targeted.

"We don’t have information as far as regards to the victims their work or anything like that until we get the information," that a determination will be made, Trevino said.

Trevino said in all his year's with police department authorities had never received a similar emergency call.

Herald reporter Mark Reagan contributed to this report.

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