Austin, Texas has been living with the very real threat of a serial bomber. The first packages appeared innocently enough, but when the bomber’s victim picked it up, it exploded. After last night, it was clear that this was not the last one, only the first.
In the dark hours of the night, two men were hurt when an explosion rocked the Texas city. The police believe that this explosion must have been triggered via a “trip wire.”
The investigators were working under the premise that this bombing was “connected to three previous” bombs:
‘Two people were left with serious injuries after an explosion in Austin Sunday night, authorities said. Austin Police said the blast may have been triggered by a “trip wire,” and investigators are “working under the belief” it is connected to three previous incidents in the city.’
Austin police chief, Brian Manley, asked “Travis County neighborhood” residents “stay in your homes,” according to NBC News:
‘We will not be able to send school buses into the neighborhood on Monday. In addition to that, we’re going to ask the residents in the Travis County neighborhood to stay in your homes tomorrow morning and give us the opportunity to process the scene once the sun comes up.’
This warning applies to the neighborhood in “southwest Austin” “until “10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET).”
Before the last bombing this month, two people were killed and two injured. Stephen House, 39, died March 2. Draylen Mason, 17, died March 12, and the explosion injured his mother, 41, critically. The third bombing injured Esperanza Herrera, 75.
ATF personnel now also at scene in Austin
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) March 19, 2018
Those injured in Sunday’s blast were two men in their 20’s. They were treated for non-life threatening injures.
Manley asked the community:
“’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 and do not approach it.’
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 19, 2018
See some of the responses to this tragic, breaking story below:
Featured Image via ABC News Twitter Page.