Austin Explosions: Fourth Incident This Month Injures 2

The city of Austin has been gripped by reports of explosions this March. After three package bombing incidents, a fourth explosion was reported. The explosion, which occurred on Sunday (March 18) night, injured two people. More details pour in as Austin Police continue to investigate. Read all about the fourth Austin explosion here.

Update: Chief Manley said that the explosive device was possibly triggered by a trip wire. The device was perhaps activated by someone handling or coming in contact with the trip wire. Authorities have urged people to stay away from suspicious objects. The reports are still unconfirmed since authorities are waiting for daylight to thoroughly process the scene.

Another Explosion in Austin

Austin Police responded to an explosion at the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive on Sunday night. Two people were reportedly injured in the explosion, which occurred in a residential area in southwest Austin.

Also Read: Timeline of the 3 Austin Explosions & Their Victims

The city’s EMS officials stated that two males in their twenties have suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley gave a preliminary report on the fourth explosion. He advised residents in the surrounding half-mile radius of Dawn Song Drive and Republic of Texas Boulevard in the Travis Country neighborhood to stay at home. He repeated the earlier warnings of being wary of suspicious packages.

Chief Manley didn’t provided many details on the explosion as the investigation is unfolding. He didn’t mention if this explosion has anything to do with the three package bombings in Austin earlier this month.

Given the darkness, authorities haven’t been able to check the blast site thoroughly. The police will work through the night to ensure the area is safe. He said that officers might not deem the area safe until the next morning.

Around the time of the briefing, authorities were checking a backpack they found in the area. Manley emphasized that the neighborhood is an active scene and that residents should stay indoors till they clear it.

He urged citizens to come forth with any information regarding this incident, or in case anyone noticed something suspicious. He said that more information might be provided on Monday morning.

The latest tweet by Austin Police said that Manley will give another briefing regarding reports of a trip wire device at the blast site. More details will be updated after the press briefing.

Suspects at Large

The residents of Austin are still in shock over a series of package bombings that occurred this month. An explosion on March 2 at 1100 block of Haverford Drive killed Anthony Stephan House, 39.

Two explosions occurred within hours of each other on March 12. The first one, at 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, killed Draylen Mason, 17, and injured his 41-year-old mother.

Later that morning, a 75-year-old woman was critically injured in a package bombing at 6700 block of Galindo Street.

Authorities believe that the incidents are related. Given that the victims were minorities, Austin Police are looking at a possible hate crime angle. It was also revealed that House’s and Mason’s families knew each other.

As the investigation progressed, authorities appeared to have made a headway. 26-year-old Trevor Ingram was arrested by Austin Police on the night of March 17, and charged with making a terror threat.

Live Nation Music received a bomb threat from Ingram. They informed authorities and canceled The Roots’ scheduled event in Austin for safety reasons.

The fourth explosion occurred after Ingram’s arrest. No suspects have been reported at this time. More details on the fourth explosion are awaited.

Austin Police announced a $100,000 reward for information on the explosions. Gov. Greg Abbott announced an additional $15,000.