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.”
He also warned people not to touch anything that “looks like a package” and cautioned residents to stay at home until the following day.
FINAL: Critical Incident @ 4800blk Dawn Song Dr (correct incident address), Only 1 incident location has been confirmed. #ATCEMSMedics have transported X2 ~20's Males to SAMC w/serious, but not expected to be life-threatening injuries. Refer all inquires to @Austin_Police
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) March 19, 2018
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.
https://t.co/NYmAcIKBv8 (thx @craftyiscool) 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.
— Questlove from @SongsThatShook Oct 13th @AMC_tv (@questlove) March 18, 2018
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.”