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Police evacuate downtown Killeen after explosive device scare

Police evacuate downtown Killeen after explosive device scare

Update: According to the Austin American-Statesmanthe explosive device was detonated around 2 pm on Thursday. No injuries were reported. 

An area near downtown Killeen, Texas is currently being evacuated. Late Thursday morning, the Killeen Police Department announced on Facebook that they were investigating a potential Improvised Explosive Device (IED). 

"Police are currently evacuating an area bounded from North 2nd Street east to North 10th Street and from East Dunn Avenue to East Harrison Avenue. Please avoid this area," the Department posted on its official Facebook page.

"Evacuees are being sheltered at the Killeen Community Center while this incident is ongoing."

The evacuation comes less than 24 hours after a soldier opened fire at nearby Fort Hood, killing three and injuring 16 others. According to the post, the Killeen Police Department sees no connection between the potential IED and Wednesday's shooting incident.

Fort Hood's Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team is on the scene in Killeen.

Killeen map IED
Killeen Police Department released this map outlining the area evacuated after an IED was found in the area. The evacuation occurred less than 24 hours after a gunman opened fire on nearby Fort Hood. Killeen Police Department/Facebook