Bomb threats cleared in north Austin

Senior News Reporter

Two separate bomb threats made in West Campus and north Austin were cleared Tuesday by the Austin Police Department (APD) and bomb squad units.

The Austin Office of Public Information said the bomb threats were directed towards the North Austin Community Center on N. Lamar Boulevard and the Arab Cowboy Hookah Lounge on W. 24th Street.

Police evacuated nearby businesses and apartment residences near both locations of perceived threat and closed roads surrounding the areas, according to the Office of Public Information. Bomb squad units swept both locations and didn’t find bombs at either scene of investigation.

Both locations were cleared and 24th street between Pearl and San Gabriel has since been opened.

APD currently has a man in custody for telling police he planted two bombs at said locations. The “emotionally disturbed” suspect is in his early fifties, according to the Office of Public Information.