Loud and repeated sounds were heard between 4:15 and 4:30 am yesterday morning (Sunday, 30 January). The first set sounded louder than the second. There was no inter-mixing of the two different sounds. One set followed the other. Some thought they were gunshots. Others thought they sounded more like heavy-duty fireworks. The acoustical effects of the foggy, drizzly weather made it difficult to tell the true quality of the sounds.
They were reported as seeming to come from Riverside and IH-35, westward all the way to Congress. They did sound as though they were coming from a moving vehicle (or at least the sounds seem to move). Different people reported different numbers, all the way from 6 or 8 to a dozen or more.
The police department seeks information on this incident. People may call 3-1-1 or they may call or write to Austin Police Department South Central District Representative James Scott (telephone 448-4385).