The mayor of Nashville praised the police as “incredible heroes” in the explosion on Friday morning, rushing into danger to save lives.
Mayor John Cooper said that six local police officers took “swift action” to evacuate people in the city as a parked RV warned that the bomb would detonate within 15 minutes.
Cooper said at an evening news conference: “These incredible heroes are sinister in front of them, and the result is uncertain. This is the cause of so many casualties.”
The brave police “acted swiftly and instructed people to flee to save lives, even if they would have been in a dangerous moment.”
“They are heroes, and I thank them.”
When they came to the RV and heard the chilling recording, the police had been responding to reports of “shooting” in downtown Nashville.
They evacuated nearby buildings and called the bomb team-shortly afterwards, the vehicle blew up.
Officials said three people were injured in the explosion and their condition is stable.
According to CBS News and The Associated Press, citing law enforcement officials, the body was found at the scene.
It is not clear whether the remains were from people associated with the explosion or the victims. The authorities did not disclose whether anyone was inside when the vehicle exploded.
When asked about the body report, Nashville Metropolitan Police Chief John Drake said: “We found an organization that we thought might be a body.”
The person in charge told reporters that the “organization” still needs to be checked.
At least 41 buildings were damaged in the bombing, which officials said was deliberate. Authorities say many people have been displaced.
The mayor said: “The attack on our community this morning is aimed at creating chaos and fear in this season of hope.”
Cooper added: “The authorities must bring to justice those responsible for this cruel and despicable attack, or they will not rest.”
“The spirit of Nashville is indelible… we can rebuild and return to normal.”
A curfew was imposed in the areas affected by the explosion until 4:30 pm on Sunday.