Police swarmed a southwest Austin, Texas neighborhood early Monday morning when emergency calls came in reporting that a bomb went off. Authorities believe that the bomb was triggered by a tripwire that was set in place injuring two men.
This is the fourth bombing in the past few weeks, which was started with bomb packages left at doorsteps. Police think this might be a new method. The first three blasts were in east Austin, where this one was in southwest Austin.
Police Chief Brian Manley believes a tripwire mechanism might have been used in the most recent explosion. Authorities encourage residents to be even more cautious of packages, their surroundings, and their property.
“It is very possible that this device was activated by someone either handling, kicking or coming in contact with a tripwire that activated the device,” Manley said.
Police believe that a package was left on the side of the road when the two men were walking and pushing their bikes when the package exploded. The early morning explosion has slowed down investigation as police feel they would be able to assess the scene better during daylight.
“That changes things,” Manley said. “Our safety message to this point has been involving the handling of packages, and telling this community, ‘Do not handle packages, do not pick up packages, do not disturb packages.’ We now need to have an extra level of vigilance and pay attention to any suspicious device, whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack, anything that looks out of place.”
Police said that these two men were in their 20s and did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
Manley released a reward of $100,000 for any information leading to an arrest, however, Governor Greg Abbott increased it by another $15,000 making the reward $115,000.
If you have any information, please call the Austin police.
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