“It is very possible that this device was … activated by someone either handling, kicking or coming in contact with a tripwire that activated the device,” said interim police chief Brian Manley.
An explosion tore through a quiet Austin, Tx., neighborhood Sunday night, sending two men to the hospital with serious injuries and heightening worries that a serial package bomber is targeting the city’s residents. Shortly after midnight, about 15 federal agents were walking side-by-side near the entrance to a subdivision shining flashlights on the road searching for clues. Early Monday morning, interim police chief Brian Manley said it was possible that a trip-wire triggered the explosion, a departure from the three prior bombs that were all inside packages, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Manley said investigators believe Sunday’s explosion was caused by a bomb and are operating under the assumption that it was connected to three recent blasts elsewhere in the city.
Some neighbors reported they had been told the explosion was the result of a trip wire. Manley cautioned residents that they need to be even more vigilant. “It is very possible that this device was … activated by someone either handling, kicking or coming in contact with a tripwire that activated the device,” he said. Police had been advising residents, “Do not handle packages, do not pick up packages, do not disturb packages. We now need to have an extra level of vigilance and pay attention to any suspicious device, whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack, anything that looks out of place and please do not approach it,” Manley said. In Sunday’s case, there was a suspicious package left on the side of the road, and that the victims were either riding or pushing bikes when it went off.