After it had been reported earlier this morning that a bomb had claimed the life of a teenage boy and injured a woman in Austin, Texas, news came out that a second explosion took place in Austin; at this time, early reports claimed that at least two people were injured in the explosion and are being given medical treatment.
The Austin-Travis County EMS released the following updates on Twitter:
“Multiple #ATCEMS @Austin_Police @AustinFireInfo onscene of a reported explosion at 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Dr (06:44); 2 pts identified thus far with Medics obtaining DOS pronouncement of late teens Male & ~40’s F txpt’d to DSMC w/serious potentially life threat inj’s. MTF…”
“FINAL: Explosion at 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Dr; At this time, no other patients have been identified, remain clear of area & expect road closures & heavy traffic delays. Refer all additional questions to @Austin_Police”
“Multiple assets from #ATCEMS @Austin_Police & @austinfiredept responding to reported explosion 6700blk Galindo St (1149) No information on if or how many patients at this time. More information to follow.”
“UPDATE reported explosion 6700blk Galindo St (1149): #ATCEMSMedics have declared a trauma alert ~60s female transport will be to Dell Seton Medical Center. Possible 2nd patient being evaluated. Avoid the area. More to follow.”
“UPDATE2 reported explosion 6700blk Galindo St (1149): CORRECTION 1st patient is ~70s female and was transported to Dell Seton Medical Seton with serious potentially life threatening injuries, 2nd patient is ~80s female with unrelated medical issue. More to follow.”
“FINAL 6700blk Galindo St (1149): 2nd unrelated medical patient will not be transported. ONLY 1 patient involved & transported from the explosion to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious potentially life threatening injuries. Refer all additional questions to @Austin_Police”
The account later shared the following message from Chief Brian Manley, warning people in the area to be cautious around suspicious packages:
“If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately. RT- Help us spread this message”
There is speculation that the incidents are hate crimes
According to Yahoo, police chief Brian Manley issued the following statement at a Monday news conference:
“[The explosion] is very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin back on March 2, and if you’ll remember, that incident also occurred in the morning hours when the victim, in that case, went out front and found a package on their front steps that exploded causing that individual’s death.”
According to NPR, Manley continued that there was speculation that the incident could be a hate crime:
“We are looking at these incidents as being related based on similarities that we have seen in the initial evidence.”
“[As both packages were sent to homes of black residents,] we cannot rule out that hate crime is at the core of this.”
The explosion is notable as it had happened around the time of a bomb taking the life of an Austin teenager, also putting a nearby woman in the hospital, around the same day; at the time, the previous story made note that another case of a bomb going off in Austin happened around a week beforehand.
As this story is developing, more information will be updated as made available.