Police: 2 Men Injured After Explosion In Southwest Austin


AUSTIN (CBS) — Two men have been injured in an explosion in southwest Austin Sunday (Mar. 18) night, police confirmed.  Emergency crews are still responding to reports of another explosion in the same area.

The Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted crews were responding to reports of an explosion in the 4700 block of Eagle Feather Drive. They were also responding to reports of a second explosion in the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive.

Austin police said they are responding to a “bomb hotshot” call on Dawn Song Drive. Two men have been transported in this incident. EMS said the two men in their 20’s have serious injuries that aren’t expected to be life-threatening.

The police department also tweeted it will have a media staging area at Boston Lane and Southwest Parkway.

Austin police said earlier that the reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for three earlier explosions that have killed two people and injured two others has risen by $50,000 to now total $115,000.

Interim Police Chief Bryan Manley announced the reward boost Sunday as authorities pleaded for help.

Officials believe the bombings this month are related but Manley says investigators don’t have a motive or “what the ideology is behind this.”

He says more than 500 officers, including federal agents, have conducted 236 interviews in following up 435 leads.

There is no word yet if Sunday night’s explosions are related to those earlier explosions.