Surrounding the motive of an obvious bomb exploding on the streets of downtown Nashville, on Christmas morning, Tennessee’s largest city shook the mystery. Investigators continue to search for clues for the wreckage.
Three people were slightly injured in the explosion, and some possible human remains were found near the RV explosion site, causing serious damage to the historical core of Nashville. But it is unclear whether or how these remains are connected to the incident.
What is certain is the weird nature of the attack.
The Nashville Metropolitan Police Chief John Drake said that the police responded to the shooting incident when they received an early morning report when they encountered the RV and issued a warning that the bomb would detonate within 1
The police believed that the explosion was intentional, but the motive or target is not yet clear. Drake pointed out that before the explosion, the officials were not threatened.
The person in charge said that investigators at the scene “found an organization that we think may be the remains, but we will inspect it and inform you at that time.” The police could not say whether it might have come from someone in the RV .
Nashville Mayor John Cooper said that three people were taken to the district hospital for treatment on Friday night and their condition is stable.
“The attack on our community this morning is aimed at creating chaos and fear in this season of peace and hope. But the Nashvilians have proven time and time again that the spirit of our city will not be destroyed.”
The sound of explosions billowed from the center of tourist attractions in downtown Nashville, thick smoke, restaurants and shops. A building owned by AT&T was not far from the company’s explosion. The building was shaking, and the windows smashed the street.
On Saturday morning, the expert team was still collecting debris from a wide area of the explosion site. The damage to the AT&T building prompted speculation that it was the target of the attack.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said: “We don’t know if this is a coincidence or intentional.” He said earlier that someone was taken to the department for questioning, but declined to give details.
AT&T said that the affected building is the central office of a telephone exchange with network equipment inside. The explosion interrupted services, but the company declined to disclose the severity of the interruption.
The AT&T outage site showed service issues in central Tennessee and Kentucky. Several police agencies reported that their 911 systems were malfunctioning due to power outages, including Knox County, which is about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of Nashville.
AT&T said it is introducing portable cell sites and is cooperating with law enforcement agencies to obtain opportunities for repairs to its equipment. The company pointed out that “power is essential to restore service.”
Due to telecommunications issues related to the explosion, the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily suspended flights from Nashville Airport.
FBI spokesman Joel Siskevich said the FBI will lead the investigation. Federal investigators from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Administration were also on the scene. The FBI is the main law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes such as violations of explosives regulations and terrorist acts.