Police Say Christmas Day Explosion in Nashville Likely an 'Intentional Act' (UPDATE)
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UPDATED 3:00 PM ET: Police have now confirmed reports of a footage projected from a motor home at the location of the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville. According to reporter Brinley Hineman, Police Chief John Drake said a motor home was on site playing a warning of the impending explosion.
The FBI set up a digital guidance line for those who may have information about Friday's explosion. Access it here and / or call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
The explosion has also resulted in AT&T outages in the area.
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An explosion struck downtown Nashville on Christmas morning.
Police initially responded to reports of a "suspicious vehicle" parked in front of an AT&T building in downtown just before 6:00 am local time, according to The Tennessean. When the police arrived, they reportedly alerted the Department's Dangerous Equipment Division. This unit was on its way to the scene when the explosion occurred. At around 6:45 a.m., additional police and firefighters responded to an area near Second Avenue and Commerce Street.
"This appears to have been a deliberate act," Metro Nashville Police Department said in a statement early Friday. Roads in the area were closed as police, FBI and ATF officers investigated the explosion.
"All of my windows, every single one of them, were blown into the next room," Nashville-based Buck McCoy told the Associated Press of the early morning explosion that damaged several buildings. "If I had stood there it would have been terrible." According to McCoy, who set up to four different cars on fire at the scene, the explosion "felt like a bomb".
Other local reports, including from WKRN, said a motor home may have exploded at the scene. At the time of this writing, it has been confirmed that three people with non-life threatening injuries have been hospitalized.
"The hazardous equipment unit was on its way downtown when an explosion related to this vehicle took place at 6:30 am," a police spokesman told reporters near the scene. "The explosion was significant, as you can see on the street on Second Avenue. Now the police and their federal partners, the FBI and ATF, are conducting a large-scale investigation up to this point. We believe the explosion was deliberate Action."
In a statement from the Emergency Operations Center in Nashville, the explosion was described as an "intentional bombing". In an update to reporters on Friday, a police spokesman said officials were called to the scene for the first time following a report of gunfire being fired. Mayor John Cooper also approached reporters after visiting the scene.
Police also said residents should expect some kind of shutdown for the downtown area, including traffic restrictions, while the investigation continues.
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