Another explosion injures 2 men in Austin, Texas

Pauline Gross
March 19, 2018

The Sunday incident was reported on Dawn Song Drive, with police warning residents in the immediate area to stay inside their homes until morning.

"We are listening and we want to understand what brought you to this point, and we want to listen to you, so please call us", Manley pleaded. "Do not even go near it at this time because given the darkness, we have not really had an opportunity to look at this blast sight to determine what happened".

Police said they are also working to clear a backpack found in the area.

The APD has received 735 suspicious package calls since Monday, he said.

On Monday, a teenager was killed, and two women were injured in the blasts, according to ABC news. Two males were rushed to a hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. In a late night press conference after the latest bomb exploded on March 18, the Austin police chief did not provide any details about the bomb or how it was set off.

The first bomb exploded on 2 March, killing Anthony Stephan House, 29, at his home.

Hours later a 75-year-old Hispanic woman was injured by another package.

Police said all three of those were likely related and involved packages that had not been mailed or delivered by private carrier but left overnight on doorsteps.

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"We don't know what the ideology is behind this or what the motive is behind this", Manley said.

There have not been any other type of package attacks, but police are still asking residents across Austin to be on the lookout and not open any unexpected or unmarked packages.

Despite the order for those living nearby to stay in their homes, neighbors milled around just outside the tape.

"He says more than 500 officers, including federal agents, have conducted 236 interviews in following up 435 leads".

Meanwhile, Manley said the reward for information leading to the suspect or suspects had been increased to $100,000. It now totals $115,000.

He said the teen played bass for the Austin Youth Orchestra and attended East Austin College Prep. It is also the end of spring break for many area school districts, meaning families who were out of town in recent days are returning to a city increasingly on edge.

The South by South West festival canceled a concert Saturday over fears of a bomb threat.

Another explosion has been reported in Austin, Texas, and emergency officials were responding to early reports of two men injured.

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