Exploding tannerite causes homes to shake along Travis/Hays border

FILE - Hays County Sheriff's Office (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Hays County Sheriff's Office (KXAN File Photo)

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – Multiple law enforcement agencies investigated reports of loud explosions coming from Hays County near the border with Travis County, said the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

People contacted KXAN to say they heard loud explosions that shook their houses. The Austin Police Department said 911 calls about the explosions started coming in around 6:25 p.m.

At 6:54 p.m., the Austin Fire Department tweeted that the explosions were caused by a person exploding tannerite on private land used as a gun range . Tannerite is an exploding target used for firearms practice.

Originally, the reports were coming from near Brodie Lane and Frate Barker Road in Southwest Travis County, the Austin Fire Department said.

But, then TCSO reported that it was determined the noise came from a location in Hays County and that the Hays County Sheriff’s Office was taking over the investigation. KXAN has reached out to HCSO for more information.

At one point, APD’s helicopter was also assisting in the search. Austin Police said they called off their units in the search at about 6:20 p.m. as other agencies took over the investigation.

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