Nashville, Tennessee (AP)-Last Saturday, as federal investigators collected clues collected at the scene into the explosion of an recreational vehicle, the sound of the explosion continued to haunt Tennessee, and the recreational vehicle was shocked at Christmas. Sleepy downtown Nashville.
The police emergency systems in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama, as well as the COVID-19 community hotline in Nashville and some hospital systems were unavailable due to the explosion in the AT&T center office. There is a telephone switch in the building with network equipment, but the company declined to disclose the exact number of people affected.
At the same time, investigators closed the heart of the tourist attractions in downtown Nashville, which was full of free-riders, restaurants and shops, as they shuttled through broken glass and damaged buildings to learn more about Explosion information. Although the authorities determined that this was a deliberate act, they have been publicly speaking out who and why.
Mayor John Cooper imposed a curfew in the downtown area through an executive order until Sunday to restrict public access to the area.
AT&T stated that restoration work is facing several challenges, including a fire that “reignited overnight, causing the building to evacuate.” This forced their team to work with security and structural engineers and drill access holes in the building. To reconnect power.
The company said in a statement on Saturday: “Our team will continue to work around the clock to deal with the recovery after the explosion in Nashville yesterday morning.”
Due to the “seriousness and severity” of the impact of the explosion, Governor Bill Lee asked the White House for federal assistance on Saturday. He said that at least 41 buildings across the state were damaged, and communication systems (including residential and mobile phone services and 911 call centers) failed. He said Kentucky and northern Alabama were also affected.
T-Mobile Technology President Ray Neville (Ray Neville) said on Twitter that the service interruption affected Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham and Atlanta. “We are working hard to fix it with our partners. Sorry for the inconvenience. Follow-up updates,” he said in a tweet late Friday.
The interruption even temporarily suspended flights at Nashville International Airport, but as of Saturday, the service was still running normally.
According to Nashville Metropolitan Police Chief John Drake (John Drake), police officers responded to a report on Friday saying that they opened fire when they encountered an RV and warned that the bomb would detonate within 15 minutes . The police evacuated nearby buildings and called a bomb squad. Shortly thereafter, the RV exploded.
Law enforcement officials said they believe the explosion was intentional, but the motive or goal is not yet clear.
“I visited the explosion site this morning,” Governor Bill Lee tweeted on Saturday. “The loss is shocking. It is a miracle that no residents were killed. (First Lady Maria) and I continue to pray for those injured by the explosion.”
Since his wife has contracted COVID-19, Li has been in quarantine. However, Republicans said that he and Maria both tested negative, which allowed them to visit downtown Nashville. Li said that the first lady has “fully recovered.”
On Friday, Drake told reporters 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.” There was no new information about the organization on Saturday. information.
On Friday night, the three were sent to the district hospital for treatment and were in stable condition.
FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said that the FBI has led the investigation. Federal investigators from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Administration also participated in the investigation. The FBI is the main law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes such as violations of explosives regulations and terrorist acts.
In West Virginia, a hospital system said on Saturday that it was experiencing network connectivity problems directly related to the Nashville explosion. Thomas Health in South Charleston, which owns two hospitals, said on its Facebook page that there is no estimated recovery time.
Similarly, the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee stated on its Facebook page that the company cannot access certain systems (including medical records) and cannot function properly.
“We prepared for this situation and immediately moved to paper records. The center said in an email on Friday: “The provision of patient care has not been interrupted, nor has it raised concerns about this temporary problem. “
Associated Press writer John Raby from Charleston, West Virginia wrote this report.