Nashville – A recreational vehicle parked on abandoned streets in downtown Nashville exploded early Christmas morning, removing police emergency systems. Vacation at the capital’s airport. Authorities believe the blast was intentional.
Friday’s bomb exploded 15 minutes RV that will alert police to respond to news about the police shooting Friday, police found, the Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said. Police evacuated nearby buildings and called for a bomb. The RV exploded shortly afterwards, Drake said at a news conference.
“It was like a bomb had exploded on Second Avenue,” said Nashville Mayor John Cooper after touring the area. Cooper has declared a state of emergency and a curfew in the area.
Police did not immediately identify the possible motive or target.
Dead bodies were found in the vicinity of the blast. It is unknown at this time what he meant by “explosion” or whether they were “responsible” or “victims.” Officials could not publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.
A surveillance video found on a Twitter account on the street on Friday showed a few seconds before the blast that RV warned, “… If you can hear this message, leave now.”
The blast sent smoke and flames through the heart of Nashville’s tourist scene. It is full of restaurants and shops. Buildings shook and windows shattered when an explosion erupted from one of the company’s office towers, a landmark in the city center near the AT&T building.
“We do not know if this is a coincidence or a motive,” said Don Aaron, a police spokesman. He said earlier that some people had been taken to the department’s headquarters for questioning, but declined to give further details.
According to AT&T, the damaged building was the headquarters of the telephone network. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police station.
“Services for some customers in and around Nashville could be affected by the explosion this morning, and we are in touch with law enforcement and are working to restore the service as quickly and safely as possible,” said AT&T spokesman Ginger. Based on an email statement.
AT&T’s disruptive websites showed service issues in central Tennessee and Kentucky, including Bowling Green, 65 miles (105 km) north of Deep. According to several police agencies, their 911 systems, including Murfreesboro and Knox County in Knoxville, are located 180 miles (290 km) east of Nashville.
The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended flights at Nashville International Airport due to communications issues related to the blast.
The FBI will lead the investigation, said Joel Siskovic, a spokesman for the agency. Alcohol Tobacco Federal investigators from the Bureau of Explosive Ordnance were also present. The FBI is the main law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes such as bombings and acts of terrorism.
Three people were taken to hospital for treatment after the blast, but no one was in critical condition.
A Philadelphia man staying at a nearby hotel heard the blast and said it was not safe.
“We tried to reason that there was an earthquake, but it was not an earthquake,” said Joseph Farah. He traveled to Tennessee with his family for Christmas. This is because the state has reduced COVID-19 restrictions more than in Philadelphia.
He had already set up police barricades as he watched the damage. At noon, police dogs continued to search cars and buildings in nearby areas.
Baset McKay, who lives nearby, posted on his Facebook page that the ceiling of his house was flooded. Alarm bells shone in the background, along with the cries of distressed people. You can see the lights on the outside street.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police station. Burning cars on the road;
“All my windows were thrown one by one into the back room. It would have been scary if I had been standing there,” he said.
“It felt like a bomb. It was too big,” he told the Associated Press.
White House spokesman Judd Deere told President Donald Trump. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen directed all of the department’s resources to assist in the investigation. He also briefed President-elect Joe Biden.
Tennessee Gov. Billy said on Twitter that the state “will provide the necessary resources to” determine what happened and who was responsible. “
United States Red Cross of Tennessee It has announced that it is cooperating with the authorities to open a shelter for refugees.