Another possible explosion in Austin, 2 reported hurt

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Another explosion was reported in Austin on Sunday night injuring two people, officials said.

Emergency officials were not immediately sure if there was one or two explosions at Dawn Song Drive, but said only one incident location had been confirmed. Police did not say if it was caused by a package bomb like the three that detonated earlier this month elsewhere in the city.

The blast occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a suburban neighborhood known as Travis Country in southwest Austin — far from the previous three that were all in residential areas in the eastern part of the city — and investigators didn’t immediately confirm what caused it. But police Chief Brian Manley repeated previously issued warnings for residents not to touch any unexpected packages left at their homes.

“What we have right now is a scene where it is obvious that an explosion has taken place,” Manley said at a hastily organized news conference near the site of the latest blast.

Names were not immediately available for the victims. Austin police referred to them as “male patients with unknown injuries.”

They later said the man were believed to be in their 20s. They suffered serious, but not expected to be life-threatening injuries.

Two people were recently killed by package bombs in Austin. Three people were also injured in those explosions.

Manley urged people within half a mile to stay in their homes and said authorities would keep the surrounding area blocked off at least until daybreak Monday “given the darkness and size of the area that we want to go in and check.”

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