Explosion rocks Austin only a day after SXSW bomb threat forced The Roots to cancel show

An explosion has occurred in Austin, Texas, only a day after a bomb threat forced The Roots to cancel a show at SXSW Festival.

In a statement to the media,  Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed that officers were called to the scene at 8:32 p.m. local time.

Manley said that “an explosion has taken place” and described the injuries to the two individuals, believed to be men in their 20s as “significant.”

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He also warned people not to touch anything that “looks like a package” and cautioned residents to stay at home until the following day.

The explosion comes after The Roots were forced to cancel a show at SXSW when a bomb threat was made against the venue where they were scheduled to perform on Saturday.

The Jazz pioneers were forced to scrap their appearance at Austin’s Fair Market after a threat was made by 26-year-old Trevor Weldon Ingram.

According to local reports, promoters Live Nation contacted police to report that they had received a bomb threat via email at 4:23 p.m.

After finding nothing suspicious at the venue, officers subsequently arrested Weldon Ingram who has since been charged with making a terroristic threat, an offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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Posting on Twitter, Roots drummer Questlove drummer wrote: “no one is Mr “show must go on” than me. But we can’t risk our lives if we are told there was a bomb threat. I’m sure we will return to Austin ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for understanding.”

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