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Another explosion injures 2 in Austin, but cause unclear

From CBC - March 18, 2018

Two people were injured in another explosion in Texas' capital, and police were not saying if it was caused by a package bomb like the three that detonated earlier this month elsewhere in the city.

The latest blast occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a suburban neighbourhood known as Travis Country in southwest Austinfar from the previous three that were all in residential areas in the eastern part of the cityand investigators did not 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.

He urged people within 800 metresto 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."

"We want to put out the message that we have been putting out and that is, not only do not touch any packages or anything that looks like a package, do not even go near it at this time," Manley said. Because "we have not had an opportunity to look at this blast site to really determine what has happened."

4th explosion in under 3 weeks

Manley also said authorities were still working to "clear" a suspicious backpack found in the area that was part of a separate report.

"It is important right now for anyone in the neighbourhood behind us to remain inside and give us time to work through this," he said, adding that any witnesses should call 911 and report what they saw.

Two men in their 20s were hurt in the latest blast. Police said they were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening. It was the fourth explosion to rock Austin in less than three weeks.

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