'Attack intended to create chaos, fear': Nashville investigates 'intentional' Christmas Day explosion that rocked the city
NASHVILLE - A day after a RV exploded and shaken in downtown Nashville, federal and local investigators on Saturday focused on the circumstances leading to what is known as a "premeditated act".
Police also found human remains but have not yet confirmed any deaths. It is still unclear whether the remains are people who were involved in the Christmas Day explosion. The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation.
"This has been a terrible day, but Nashville has faced other challenges, especially this year," said Nashville Mayor John Cooper late Friday. "We can rebuild and get back to normal. The attack on our community this morning should create chaos and fear in this time of peace and hope, but the spirit of our city cannot be broken."
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'Evacuate now. There's a bomb ': Human remains were reportedly found near the Nashville explosion, damaging 41 buildings and injuring 3
At least 41 companies in the region were damaged in the explosion. Three people were hospitalized with injuries, but all have been in stable condition since Friday night, authorities said.
Betsy Williams, owner of The Melting Pot, a restaurant across from the blast, told The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network, that guests reported that the RV had been stationed in the area since Thursday night.
In the moments before the explosion, she heard a warning: “Evacuate now. There's a bomb there. There is a bomb in this vehicle and it will explode, ”she recalled. Then, she said, the voice started a 15-minute countdown.
Nashville police released a picture of a motor home that investigators linked to an explosion that occurred downtown on Christmas morning.
At least six Nashville police officers acted quickly to evacuate people from nearby buildings. They were praised by city officials; Cooper called them "Heroes" on Friday.
Late on Friday, Nashville police released a screenshot of the security footage recorded by the RV. The authorities ask the public with information about the vehicle to contact the police.
Flights resumed Friday after being temporarily suspended from Nashville International Airport due to telecommunications issues related to the explosion.
AT&T continued to report outages in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky due to damage to a building with network equipment. "Given the damage to our facility, it will take some time to restore service," the company said in a statement on Friday evening.
Contributor: Associated Press.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Nashville Bomb: FBI Investigates Explosion, Human Remains; AT&T down
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