Nashville police share photo of RV linked to explosion
Nashville police posted a photo of RV investigators believed to be related to the explosion that broke downtown one Christmas morning. They ask anyone with information to contact the investigator with tips.
The photo was apparently taken by a surveillance camera showing the RV near Commerce Street and Second Avenue overnight. The explosion occurred in front of the AT&T building on Second Avenue around 6:30 a.m.
"This is the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning. It arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 am. Have you seen this vehicle in our area or have any information about it? Please contact us about Crime." Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or online at https://fbi.gov/nashville, "said the police in a tweet along with the photo.
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BREAKING: This is the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning. It arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 am. 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 at https://t.co/dVGS7o0m4v. @ATFHQ pic.twitter.com/JNx9sDinAH
- Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
Law enforcement sources tell CBS News that they found what appeared to be human remains near the site of the explosion. They did not state whether the remains were from someone linked to the explosion or from an innocent victim.
At a Friday afternoon briefing, Nashville Police Chief John Drake said officers received a call about 5:30 am with "gunfire" in the area.
"When the officers replied, they came across a motor home with a record that said a potential bomb would explode within 15 minutes. When the officers heard this, they decided to evacuate nearby buildings and knocked on doors , made announcements to get people to safety. "
"Shortly afterwards the motor home exploded," said Drake.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said investigators did not yet know if anyone was in the RV at the time of the explosion.
The explosion caused significant damage to nearby buildings and broken windows in the area. Three people were hospitalized, but police said the injuries were not critical.
Federal agents are now taking the lead in the investigation and have urged the public to provide information.
"Please tell us what you know. We need your leads, we need your help," said Matt Foster, FBI assistant special agent.
CBS subsidiary WTVF reports that the explosion was felt across much of Davidson County around 6:30 a.m.
An eyewitness, Noelle Rasmussen, said in an interview on CBSN that her family was woken up early Christmas morning by police knocking on their door, telling them to evacuate immediately because of a security threat in the neighborhood. As they drove away, she turned and saw "a huge explosion" rip through the street.
There was "a big orange ball of fire in the air, about twice the height of our building," she said. "It looks like the entire front of our building has been blown away."
"I'm so glad we left. I'm so glad we have our children. And most of all, I'm so glad that these officers entered a building they knew was a dangerous place, and, you know, woke us up and got us out. I'm so grateful. "
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