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Austin on the edge after explosion leaves 2 injured; the cause of the explosion is unclear

An Austin police officer directs a vehicle from near the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Austin was on edge Sunday night after an explosion left two people with non-life-threatening injuries in a southwestern area of Texas’ capital.

Austin police chief Brian Manley urged the residents in the area to remain in their homes until at least daylight. He reiterated that the residents are not touching or even near the other packages.

There was no immediate word on what caused the explosion or if it was related to the three package bombs were detonated earlier this month in other areas of Austin that left two dead and two others injured.

There was no immediate word on what caused the explosion or if it was related to the three package bombs were detonated earlier this month in other areas of Austin that left two dead and two others injured.

(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

The police blocked the entrances to the neighborhood where Sunday’s explosion occurred, and yellow tape about half-a mile from the house where it happened.

Manley said that police were working to a suspicious backpack.

Police said two men in their mid-20s were injured in the explosion. KVUE-TV reported that a man had nails in his leg.

A witness speaks to Fox 7 described hearing a “loud bang,” adding that it “not a car accident, not gunfire, but something terrible.”

A package bomb exploded at an east Austin house on March 2, killing a 39-year-old man. Two package bombs in other parts of the city exploded last Monday, killing a 17-year-old, injuring his mother and injuring a 75-year-old woman.

A witness speaks to Fox 7 described hearing a “loud bang,” adding that it “not a car accident, not gunfire, but something terrible.”

(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

The officials said the bombing appeared to be related to, but Manley said that the researchers do not know of a possible motive, or “what is the ideology behind this.”

Earlier Sunday, Austin police said that the reward for information leading to an arrest in the deadly explosions increased by $50,000 to a new total of $115,000. Manley said more than 500 officials, including federal agents have conducted 236 interviews in the next up-435 leads.

Fox News’ Michael Arroyo and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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