A car parked on a downtown street in Nashville, USA, exploded just before dawn on Christmas Day. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a crowd of mourners.
Three people were injured in the blast on Friday. Many buildings were destroyed, and communications outages disrupted police emergencies, based on a holiday trip at Nashville Airport.
Police called the blast a “deliberate act” and investigators said bodies were found nearby.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper said FBI investigators had ordered an environmental blockade on the site of the blast.
The bomber struck shortly after 6 a.m. local time (GMT 12:00) after officers found a recreational vehicle parked outside the AT&T tower in Nashville.
Many agencies are still investigating the blasts earlier this morning, with some photos showing damage to a second Ave North. pic.twitter.com/0cWA3oUCDl
– Nashville Fire Department (@NashvilleFD) December 25, 2020
Nashville Police Chief John Drake told reporters he heard a recording that “a bomb would explode in 15 minutes.”
Later, local television stations said in an audio recording: “We have to relocate now. Move the device now If you can hear this message, move now. If you can hear this message, move now.
Police immediately rushed to the scene of the crash and asked police to detonate a bomb at the scene of the crash, said Don Aaron, a police spokesman.
The three men who were taken to hospital on Friday evening were in stable condition
Metro Nashville Police Department said it posted a photo of the motor home on its Twitter feed and arrived at the area at 1:22 p.m. (07:22 GMT).
Cho: This RV exploded on Second Ave N this morning. Arrived at the second ward at 1:22 in the morning. Have you seen this car on our site or had any information about you? To criminals at 615-742-7443; https://t.co/dVGS7o0m4v: @ATFHQ pic.twitter.com/JNx9sDinAH
– Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
Police chief Drake said investigators said: “We found a tissue that we thought was still intact.
Police could not say whether the possibility came from someone in the car
Authorities did not immediately say what the motive was for the blast.
Nashville Mayor Cooper said officers were waiting for an investigation to begin.
“It will take some time to get to the bottom,” Cooper told reporters. I think it was made clear when no one could go.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Friday morning that the federal, State and local law enforcement are investigating. “We will provide all the resources needed to determine what happened,” he said.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in downtown Nashville, near Second Avenue and Commercial Road. Federal State and local law enforcement partners are on the scene to investigate whether we believe our actions were intentional.
– Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) December 25, 2020
FBI Assistant Special Agent Matt Foster said federal and local officials were working to investigate several of the leaderships, but did not provide further details.
“This is our city. I live here. I work here. “No one has been found responsible for what is happening here,” Foster told reporters, describing the incident as “very sad Christmas.”
The MNPD, FBI & ATF investigated the second Ave N vehicle-related explosion at 6:30 a.m. This seems to have been done on purpose. Rule of law closes downtown streets as investigations continue. pic.twitter.com/YOfMTaKmTH
– Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
On Friday morning, the photos were taken in a bar. Debris and emergency services were called to the scene. It was displayed at the site of an explosion in downtown Nashville, full of restaurants and other retail outlets.
At least 20 buildings were destroyed and US telecommunications company AT&T said Friday it owned a building near the blast. The Federal Aviation Administration has also suspended flights from Nashville International Airport due to communications issues related to the blast.
Bark McKoo, who lives nearby, said his windows were shattered.
“All my windows, Each one flew into the back room. “If I was standing there, it would not be scary,” he told the Associated Press.
“It feels like a bomb. It’s huge,” he said.
Jeremy Short, who lived about halfway through the blast, described the blast as “unbelievable.”
“We heard about the explosion and the windows, We live in a 26-story building.
Al Jazeera says former U.S. intelligence chief Glenn Carle said earlier bombings could have prevented mass deaths.
“If you want to kill most people, you can do it at 7:30 pm or around 2pm when you go shopping,” he said. It is about 6:30 am on Christmas Day, which means that at least one person can leave. Only then will it take action rather than action rather than cause mass harm.
The Nashville Police Department said Friday afternoon that a unit of police dog guards was protecting the downtown area.
The fire department said teams were entering the area to ensure the safety of the buildings and to check for any casualties.
A spokesman for Donald Trump has briefed the president on the blast and said regular updates will continue.
“The president thanks the incredible first responders. We pray for the injured, “said Jeddie, the White House secretary of state for the White House.
Karen Greenberg, director of the National Security Center at Fordham University Law School in New York, told Al Jazeera that there was still much to understand about the blast.
“It’s very scary. It could hurt a lot of people,” he said.
“What do you want to send?” Who sent it? A bomb like this leaves a lot of clues. What happened: Where did they buy the goods? So it will take time. But they (FBI) will know that.
It has to do with size. But to whom? We do not know what that means.