Austin Bombings: Tripwire May Have Triggered Latest Explosion, 4th This Month

An explosion, possibly triggered by a tripwire, tore through a quiet southwest Austin, Texas, neighborhood Sunday night, leaving two men seriously injured and heightening concerns that a serial package bomber was targeting the city’s residents since the beginning of this month.

Hours after Austin’s police chief urged the suspect in the recent bombings to turn themselves in to the authorities, local and federal emergency units responded to the fourth blast, shortly before 9 p.m. EDT on Sunday, near the Greenbelt just north of the Y in Oak Hill. Several streets were closed, residents warned to remain inside and a massive law enforcement contingent comprising Austin police and FBI agents was brought to the neighborhood.

Some neighbors near the area of the explosion told media outlets they were informed the explosion was the result of a tripwire, but the authorities have not confirmed any details.

“There have been reports in the media that this device was triggered by a tripwire, and we are here to say that that is a possibility. We understand that those reports are out there and it is very possible that this device was a device that was activated by someone either handling, kicking or coming into contact a tripwire that activated the device,” Austin interim police chief Brian Manley said.

Two men believed to be in their 20s were hospitalized with serious injuries, but officials later stated their condition was stable.

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