Austin Police Chief Brian Manley (Screenshot/KXAN)
12:22 AM 03/19/2018
Yet another explosion in Austin Sunday night sent two men to the hospital.
The two victims were both in their twenties and their injuries were not deemed life-threatening, Austin-Travis County EMS said. Nails were found in one of the victim’s legs, KVUE reported.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a press conference Sunday night that it was “obvious” from the crime scene that an explosion had taken place.
Police asked families in the residential area where the bombing took place to remain in their homes until an agent came to their front door informing them the neighborhood was safe; Manley said the process would likely take until daylight.
Manley said authorities were clearing a “second item” in the area Sunday night, which he said was a backpack.
Sunday night’s explosion follows three separate package bombs that recently exploded in the city, leaving two people dead and two others injured.
Manley did not say Sunday night if the latest explosion was linked to the package bombs but urged residents not to touch any packages or even go near them.
Investigators with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) are assisting the Austin Police Department. More than 500 officials between the two agencies are working on the investigation, Manley said earlier on Sunday.
Authorities had already announced a $115,000 reward for any information leading to the bomber’s arrest before Sunday night’s explosion.
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