Williams called 911. After the police blocked the cordon on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville, a “computer message” from a parked RV caught her attention.
“Evacuate immediately,” Williams recalled the female voice-over and over again.
This is a countdown.
Williams said: “This car will explode in 15 minutes.”
Then, “this car will explode in 14 minutes.”
The countdown made Williams and her family immediately heed the warning and began to descend from the apartment on the third floor.
She said: “When time starts, that̵
They only wore pajamas and brought the cat to the car, crossing the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium. She said there they had a clear view of the area and could see if there was an explosion.
Williams thought they had been sitting there long enough, obviously it was a hoax, so they went home. Williams said that when they were driving along Second Avenue before reaching the blocked area, they saw an explosion in front of them.
She said: “I have never seen anything like it.” “It shook everything.”
Another witness said that the explosion occurred in the “doomsday”.
Police spokesman Don Allen said: “We do believe this was intentional.” “The infrastructure on Second Avenue North has suffered major damage.”
Buck McCoy said that after the explosion, the windows of his home in downtown Nashville were blown in and water began to pour from the ceiling.
He told CNN: “I must have an angel because I was spared.” “That’s terrible.”
McCoy said he was awakened by gunfire about ten minutes before the explosion. He said that he stood up and looked out the window, but went back to sleep without seeing anything.
McCoy said he was grateful that he got nothing except the scratches on his face, hands and feet.
“It’s like a movie,” McCoy said. “It really feels like the end of an era.”
He said that when he looked outside, there were trees everywhere, broken glass littering.
He said: “Everything on the street is fire.” “Three cars were completely swallowed.”
McCoy saw people taking their animals out of the apartment.
He tried to go back to his apartment to find the cat, but the firefighters told him to stay away from the area as much as possible.
Williams said that after the explosion, they could see the back of the building.
She said: “It’s full of glass, shards, big pieces of wood and metal, everything fell out.”
The irony is that Williams remembers saying on Christmas Eve that she wanted to “spend Christmas all day in my pajamas.”