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Fear Grows In Austin As Bombings Continue

March 19, 2018 - 7:51 am
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AUSTIN (1010 WINS) -- There is a growing fear among residents in Austin, Texas after another package bomb exploded Sunday, injuring two people.

It was the fourth explosion in recent weeks.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said previous bombs went off when victims handled packages left at doorsteps. Cops say the latest bomb used tripwire, but the area is now safe after being cleared by law enforcement.

"It is very possible that this device was a device that was activated by someone either handling, kicking, or coming into contact with a tripwire that activated the device," Manley said.

Frederick Milanowski, the special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms said the use of tripwire indicates a more sophisticated device.

The victims of the latest attack were white males, age 22 and 23. They were hospitalized in stable condition with significant injuries. Victims of the previous bombings had been either black or Hispanic leading authorities to consider hate as a motive.

Austin police have asked whoever has been putting the bombs out to come forward with their message -- whatever that may be -- in a peaceful way.

Chief Manley also told anyone who finds an unexpected package on their front steps to call the police.

At least $115,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the Austin bombings.