The Latest: Road near Nashville closed over suspicious truck
NASHVILLE (AP) - The latest Christmas Day bombings in downtown Nashville:
Authorities in Tennessee blocked a street east of Nashville after pulling over a van that they said played "like heard" audio before a recreational vehicle exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day.
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The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office reported on Twitter that police officers closed a section of the highway in Wilson County, east of Nashville, on Sunday to investigate a white box truck parked on the roadside. Authorities had dispatched a robot to examine the vehicle when officers stood far behind and monitored the situation.
Sheriff's officers said the truck played the sound when it was parked in a supermarket in Crossroads Market in Walter Hill around 10:30 a.m. The driver left the parking lot and was stopped by MPs in nearby Wilson County. Officials said the driver was arrested by law enforcement agencies.
A Wilson County dispatcher said the road that was closed was Murfreesboro Road, between Cedar Forest Road and Richmond Shop Road.
MPs said they had also evacuated residents in the area when they investigated further.
Before the RV blew up, there was a pre-recorded warning calling for people to be evacuated, and then Petula Clark's 1964 song “Downtown”. Sheriff's officers did not disclose what the van was playing .
According to Nashville Police, a Tennessee man named Anthony Quinn Warner is being investigated in connection with the Christmas Day bombing that rocked downtown Nashville.
Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron confirmed Warner's identity on Sunday. Federal and state investigators are trying to find out who dropped a bomb in a recreational vehicle on Friday morning, injuring three people and damaging more than 40 companies. They are also working to identify human remains found at the crime scene.
Separately, a police officer told The Associated Press that federal investigators have begun investigating Warner's digital footprint and financial history. They are also investigating a recent transfer of a house in suburban Nashville.
The officer was unable to publicly discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The official said forensic analysts are reviewing the evidence gathered by the site of the explosion to try to identify the components of the explosive and are also reviewing information from the U.S. Bomb Data Center for information and investigative leads.
Federal agents are investigating a number of potential clues and pursuing various theories, including the possibility that an AT&T building has been targeted. The bomb caused damage that affected communications in several states.
AT&T says it has diverted service to other facilities as the company works to restore a building that sustained severe damage after a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day.
The company said in a statement on Sunday morning that mobile service has been restored in many areas affected by the explosion. The company is providing resources to restore affected wired voice and data services and expects to have 24 additional trailers of disaster recovery equipment on site by the end of the day.
The building's commercial power connections were damaged and taken out of service after a bomb exploded in a recreational vehicle parked nearby on Friday morning. Customers lost communication not only in Tennessee, but also in states like Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia.
The company states that four floors of the building have been restored to electricity. While three feet of water were pumped from the building's basement on Saturday, access to the lower floors is still limited. Elevators, beams and columns as well as the facade of the building were also damaged.
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