(EDITOR’S NOTE, 10:30 PM, 3/20/18: The original headline on this story referenced a package bomb. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has since attributed the explosion to an “incendiary device,” adding that it isn’t clear whether or not this explosion is tied to the previous bombings around Austin.)
Yet another detonation just rocked Austin, Texas, following four other bombings around Texas’ capital city that have killed 2 and injured others.
KXAN, Austin’s NBC affiliate, reported that the package bomb exploded at approximately 7 PM local time at a Goodwill store on 9801 Brodie Lane. A man in his thirties was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, according to the Austin-Travis County EMS. This explosion comes on the heels of another explosion at a FedEx shipping center in San Antonio, Texas, in which a package destined for Austin blew up on a conveyor belt, injuring a worker late Monday night.
Police in Austin suspect a serial bomber may be at work in the capital city, terrorizing residents after repeated bombings in various neighborhoods around the city. The first explosion happened on March 2, with police initially calling it a “suspicious death.” However, after two separate explosions on March 12, both of which were carried out with a package bomb, police ruled the first death a homicide. 39-year-old Stephen House and 17-year-old Draylen Mason have been killed in the bombings, with several others injured.
On Sunday night, another explosion occurred in Southwest Austin, injuring two men. Investigators say that bomb was more sophisticated in its design, in that a trip wire may have been used to trigger the device. Because most of the victims have been people of color, police haven’t ruled out a hate crime as the possible motive for the bombings. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) are assisting in the investigation.
Police have offered a $100,000 reward for any tip that leads to an arrest of the suspect or suspects in the bombings. As of this writing, President Trump has not tweeted anything about the bombings in Austin.
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.