Updated: Explosion in Nashville Tennesse a Deliberate Act – Police

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Authorities Say Explosion was Deliberate

NASHVILLE – NEWS – An explosion in downtown Nashville at 6:30 AM was a deliberate act according to Nashville Police officials.

Don Aaron a spokesperson for the police says that the 6:30 a.m. explosion, that resulted in shattered glass and damage to nearby buildings is believed to be “an intentional act.”

Police were aware of the vehicle, an RV, at 6:00 am and were in the process of bringing in the bomb squad to deal with the vehicle. The explosion happened before that unit of the police was able to arrive on the scene.

Update: “The RV was playing a recorded message that indicated a bomb would explode in 15 minutes”, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake told reporters in a press conference today.

There were tweets that suggested this being posted on the social media site but there was no way to confirm the accuracy of the information.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking lead on the investigation.

An FBI source is reporting that there were no indications of violence from any known extremist group.

The explosion was beside the AT&T Building and now the Emergency 911 lines are impacted.

Police report that MNPD, FBI & ATF investigating the 6:30 am explosion on 2nd Avenue North linked to a vehicle. This appears to have been an intentional act. Law enforcement is closing downtown streets as investigation continues.

Three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Police say that none of the injured are in critical condition.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper says, “The cause of the explosion is under investigation with help from federal authorities. MNPD will share updates as they become available and is restricting downtown traffic.”

Nashville Fire reports,”The EOC is activated in response to an intentional bombing incident in Downtown Nashville. Just after 6:30 am on Friday December 25, 2020 an explosion outside of 166 Second Avenue North caused extensive damage.

“Representatives from OEM, Nashville Fire Department, Mayor’s Office, Metropolitan Police Department and Federal Agencies will use the EOC to coordinate ongoing response and investigative operations”.

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