There are reports of another package explosion in Austin, in an area already rocked by three separate package bombs that have killed two people so far.
This is a developing story. Details will be added as they become available.
UPDATE: It appears early reports of two explosions were incorrect. There appears to be a single explosion, but two locations are under investigation.
Two men have been injured in what appears to be another package explosion.
Police are asking residents within a half mile of the explosion to stay indoors tonight until a search of the area is complete. A suspicious backpack was also found nearby, but the investigation into that is ongoing.
Crews did not immediately confirm whether the explosion was the result of a package bomb. Three such blasts over the past month in Austin have killed two people and critically wounded at least two women.
Sunday’s reported explosion unfolded on Eagle Feather Drive, the Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted. “At this incident, 2 patients have been identified and are prepping those patients for transport.”
The two injured men are believed to be in their 20s, investigators said, adding that the injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.
A witness speaking to Fox 7 described hearing a “loud bang,” adding that it was “not a car crash, not gunshots but something terrible.”
The EMS also acknowledged reports of an explosion on nearby Eagle Feather Drive, but said it appeared to be the same blast reported twice.
A package bomb exploded at an east Austin home on March 2, killing a 39-year-old man. Two package bombs in other parts of the city exploded last Monday, killing a 17-year-old, wounding his mother and injuring a 75-year-old woman. Officials said the bombings appeared to be related, but Interim Police Chief Bryan Manley said investigators didn’t know a possible motive or “what the ideology is behind this.”
BREAKING: Explosion reported in southwest Austin, residents urged to stay indoors
Posted by KVUE on Sunday, March 18, 2018