Authorities have found what they believe to be human remains near the site of the explosion in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning.
At least three people were injured and dozens of buildings were damaged when an RV exploded at 6:30AM, CT, as the bomb squad was responding.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said,
“We do believe this to have been an intentional act. Significant damage has been done to the infrastructure there on 2nd Avenue North.”
Metro Nashville Police Department officers were responding to a call of shots fired around 5:30 a.m. CT Friday when they found a motor home parked in front of an AT&T transmission building.
Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said during a news conference that a recorded message that indicated a bomb would explode in 15 minutes was heard coming from the RV.
Nashville Vice Mayor Jim Shulman told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that a female voice was speaking in the warning message played from the RV before the explosion.
“There were a number of people who did evacuate and then we know of some people, it didn’t go off when the message said it would and so people started coming back in, and then it went off.”
According to CNN,
• Three people were transported to hospitals, but none were in critical condition, according to Nashville Fire spokesman Joseph Pleasant.
• Police tweeted a photo of the RV and said it arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m.
• The FBI field office in Memphis is leading the investigation and Special Agent in Charge Matt Foster urged the public to submit any tips or information.
• One witness said three vehicles were among the many objects on fire after the blast.
• AT&T spokesman Jim Greer told CNN that the company’s network hub in the city was damaged in the explosion and service in the Nashville area may be affected.
Eyewitness Buck McCoy told CNN the explosion took place right in front of his home, causing his windows to be blown in.
“Everything on the street was on fire… There were three cars that were fully engulfed. There’s just nothing left on 2nd Avenue.”
Prior to the explosion, officers went door-to-door or apartment-to-apartment to inform residents of the situation.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper told CNN that dozens of buildings have been damaged, mostly from having glass blown out.
“Right now, there’s just a whole lot of glass damage on 2nd Avenue. Fortunately not many people are here.”
BREAKING: This is the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning. It arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m. Have you seen this vehicle in our area or do you have information about it? Please contact us via Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or online via https://t.co/dVGS7o0m4v. @ATFHQ pic.twitter.com/JNx9sDinAH— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020