December 25, 2020 | 12:15 PM ET | (Update: 3:45 PM ET)
UPDATE (3:45 PM): Due to telecommunications issues after the blast, the FAA has temporarily halted flights out of Nashville.
UPDATE (2:30 PM): A widespread AT&T outage, including a disruption of 911 systems, was reported in wake of Nashville explosion.
NASHVILLE — A surveillance video posted on YouTube reports to show a massive blast that occurred in downtown Nashville this morning. Moments before the blast, an ominous voice over a loudspeaker can be heard warning people to evacuate. “If you can hear this message, evacuate now,” the voice says.
During a press conference, Nashville Police Chief John Drake said early this morning, police responded to a report of shots fired in the downtown area. Upon arrival at the scene, officers heard a recorded warning coming from a parked R.V., the chief says. Drake told reporters the message warned that a bomb would denote in “15 minutes.”
The chief says his officers responded by evacuating nearby buildings. Moments later, a blasted erupted from the R.V., injuring three people and damaging numerous buildings. Chief Drake said one officer was knocked off his feet during the blast. A police spokesperson says the bravery of responding officers saved lives.
Nashville police say the act was intentionally and they are pursuing all leads with the assistance of the FBI and ATF, but the perpetrator or people responsible for the blast remain unknown.
If you have information that can help solve this crime, please call: 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324) or visit https://fbi.gov/tips.
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