NASHVILLE – A blast occurred in Nashville on Christmas morning, causing smoke to rise above the city, blow up store windows and evacuate the evacuees. Authorities said they believed the explosion was an “intentional” act.
Officials said at a news conference on Friday that no one was killed, but three people were injured and taken to hospitals.
Officials said the explosion occurred outside 166 2nd Avenue N. at 6:30 p.m. The town had an area with hunky-tonks, restaurants and boot stores in Nashville and often packed with tourists, but which was quiet on a holiday morning.
According to Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, police reported the bullets at around 5:30 p.m. While investigating the Metboats, he encountered an RV that was broadcasting a recording that said “a possible bomb would explode within 15 minutes,” said Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake.
Authorities called a dangerous equipment unit, or bomb squad, that en route when the vehicle exploded. Officers were also evacuating nearby apartment buildings when the RV exploded.
“We think life was saved by those officers,” Mr. Aaron said.
It is still unclear whether one person was inside the RV when the explosion occurred, he said. The RV was parked outside an AT&T transmission building in downtown Nashville, a separate building less than half a mile from the Landmark 33 Story AT&T office tower, and Mr. Aaron said it was unclear That it was intentional or a coincidence. AT&T is facing an outrage in the area as gas lines have shut down in the area impacting the building’s backup natural gas generator.
The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights to Nashville International Airport “due to telecommunications issues associated with this morning’s incident in the city”. The airport said on Friday afternoon.
A photo of the RV was released on Twitter by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on Friday afternoon. RV reached 2nd Avenue. According to the post, 1:22 pm Reply.
The FBI Memphis, in coordination with state and local law enforcement, was leading the investigation. A spokesman for the Department of Justice said in a statement, “Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen was informed of the incident this morning and instructed that all DOJ resources be made available to aid the investigation.” William P. After Barr stepped down, Mr. Rosen became acting Attorney General on Wednesday.
Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said It was joining the investigation and Chad F., the work secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Wolf was briefed.
Mayor John Cooper said at a press conference that the area was “blown up by a bomb.” “Don’t come to the city of Nashville. It’s going to be closed,” said Mr. Cooper, had the explosion occurred on a weekday, the results could have been very different.
An explosion exploded through the heart of an area that has been one of Nashville’s biggest tourists. On Second Avenue, just a block away from the Cumberland River, the explosion left the roadway blackened with debris, including scorched trees and the rudder of vehicles destroyed by the explosion. Authorities have cordoned off a large section of the city, filled with law enforcement officers, but relatively quiet.
Nashville Council member Freddie O’Connell for the area affected by the blast said the evacuation numbers were “in the dozens” and they were at an area site set up by the city’s Office of Emergency Management for general safety, summer. Before the medical triage can return to their residences, they estimate “it’s going to be a while”. Along Second Avenue and Commerce, many of the residential properties are in the upper levels of buildings – particularly warehouses – built at the end of the 19th century.
Lawrence Cosan was sleeping on the street outside a city bar when he felt the explosion. He said that the ground was shaken and that he could hear voices in nearby buildings. When a police officer directed him to move away from the area, he said, “I noticed that there was a lot of debris coming from the other side of the building.”
Some have already compared Deadly tornado that swept away A crew from Nashville in March. In some parts of the city, rows of dilapidated buildings still line the streets.
Lily Henson, 33, was sitting on her coffee on Friday morning when she felt the thunder of her building, heard a sudden surge and looked towards her window to see orange smoke emanating from the site of the explosion. “It will be seen in a horror film,” she said. Ms. Hansen lives on the second floor of the scaffolding where the explosion took place, a few blocks from where. “The whole locality was shaken,” he said. “I just can’t get the image out of my head.”
City resident Tom Cirillo said Friday’s explosion reminded him of the tornado; The explosion was loud, he said. He was troubled by the explosion, he said, but also grateful that it happened at a time when an area that is often bustling was quiet and cleared from the crowd.
“It’s a terrible thing that it happened on Christmas morning,” Mr. Cirillo said. “You are lucky that it happened at the time that he did it. I was wondering what exactly happened.”
The Mayor, Mr. Cooper, said he had visited the damaged area, and reported seeing broken glass, trees and water main breaks.
“It’s not a very populated area, but people are fine in most surrounding buildings and have been evacuated,” he said. “Another Event in Nashville’s 2020.”
Government of Tennessee Lee Said in a statement on Twitter The state will supply any necessary resources to determine what happened and who was responsible.
He said he was “praying for those who were injured” and was grateful to the emergency workers.
“President Trump has been informed of the explosion in Nashville, Tennessee, and will continue to receive regular updates,” Presidential spokesman Jude Deere said. “The President is grateful to the incredible first responders and is praying for those who were injured.”
WeGo Public Transit, the city’s bus system that operates in the greater Nashville area, Where is the service Was not interrupted, but the buses were helping officers evacuate the area and take out individuals from the cold.
Hours after the explosion, several fire trucks converged on the side of downtown and blue lights began flashing under the big spinning guitar of the Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway. Apart from distant fire alarms and the sound of helicopters, the city was quiet.
The Rev. Zayed Nelly, pastor of St. Mary of the Seven Soron Catholic Church, located a few blocks from the explosion, was ending his morning prayer after hearing the blast. At first he considered the possibility that it was construction, but knew that it was unlikely on Christmas morning.
He said that this deliberate act can be disturbing. Now only a handful of parishioners can attend the services scheduled for the afternoon and musicians are unable to come due to road closures, so there will be no music. “It’s really bad,” Father Neyley said, “especially on Christmas day.”
Nashville Council Member Mr. O’Connell said, “There was already mayhem in 2020.” He said, “It’s more difficult to wake up on Christmas morning and see it in your hometown.”
Jamie McGee from Nashville reported; Bozeman, Mont. Lucy Tompkins; Derrick Bryson Taylor from London; Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio from New York; Hamilton Matthew Masters and JR Lind contributed to reporting from Nashville. Michael S. Schmidt also contributed.