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Explosion reported in Austin, at least 2 injured

Austin police blocked roads near the site of the reported explosion.

(Fox 7)

At least two of the men had serious injuries Sunday night after an explosion was reported in the southwest of Austin, Texas, rescuers said.

Crews not immediately confirm whether the explosion was the result of a package bomb. Three of those blasts from the past month in Austin, texas, have killed two people and seriously injured at least two women.

Sunday reported explosion on the Dawn Song Drive, the Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted. “On this incident, 2 patients were identified and prepping patients for transport.”

APD responding to Bomb Hotshot call in the 4800 block of Dawn Song Dr. Two male patients transported with unknown injuries. Avoid the area. Media staging area is 4635 SW Pkwy, on the corner of SW Pkwy and Boston Ln. APD PIO

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 19, 2018

The two injured men are believed to be in their 20s, researchers said, adding that the injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.

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

Re: the Bomb Hotshot: Residents in the immediate vicinity of 4800 Dawn Song Dr, wait in your houses, and follow the instructions of officials if/when given. APD PIO

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 19, 2018

The EMS also acknowledged reports of an explosion in the vicinity of Eagle Feather Drive, but said that it looked like the same blast reported twice.

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. The officials said the bombing appeared to be related, but the Interim police chief Bryan 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.

This is a developing story; check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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