News Update: Downtown Nashville, TN: Latest information regarding the early Christmas morning recreational vehicle bombing.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Nashville Fire Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Information and Press Releases):

Downtown Nashville, Tennessee: Authorities continues to provide the latest information regarding the recreational vehicle bombing that occurred early Christmas morning on Friday, December 25th, 2020.

The recreational vehicle bombing, which the bombing suspect died in the explosion, caused damage to 41 buildings, and left three people injured and no fatalities to the public thanks to quick action by local law enforcement in evacuating the public before the blast.

**** The following is the latest information regarding the early Christmas morning recreational vehicle bombing in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee: ****

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*** Latest information as of 11:10 p.m. PT on Monday, December 28th, 2020: ***

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More videos have been released showing the moments leading up to the recreational vehicle bombing early Christmas morning in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

*** Video: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (Courtesy): ***

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department posted this body camera footage onto their official YouTube page of Officer Michael Sipos, one of the officers who responded to Second Avenue North early Christmas morning, showing the minutes prior to the explosion.

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The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department also posted on social media this footage from their street camera at the intersection of Second Avenue North and Commerce Street showing the minutes prior to the explosion.

*** Pictures: Federal Bureau of Investigation in Memphis (Courtesy): ***

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s National Response Team continue to investigate the blast scene on Monday along Second Avenue.

Members of the Evidence Response Team and National Response Team will continue to investigate the blast scene through possibly Wednesday night.

*** Pictures: Federal Bureau of Investigation (Courtesy): ***

Authorities on Monday released pictures of the bomber, identified by authorities as 63 year old Anthony Quinn Warner from Antioch, Tennessee, to help in getting more information on the bomber from the public.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are asking anyone who may have known Anthony Quinn Warner or encountered him to contact: 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or submit a tip online at: https://tips.fbi.gov

*** Picture: United States President-Elect Joe Biden via Facebook (Courtesy): ***

Earlier on Monday, United States President-Elect Joe Biden delivered remarks after he and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris were briefed by their national security and foreign policy teams.

President-Elect Joe Biden began his address in Wilmington, Delaware with praise for federal, state, and local law enforcement officials who are investigating the explosion in Nashville.

President-Elect Joe Biden thanked the police officers “who worked so quickly to evacuate the area before the explosion occurred — risking their own lives. And for all the firefighters and first responders who jumped into action early.”

Speaking on the transition of power, President-Elect Joe Biden said some agencies have provided “exemplary cooperation,” but noted he has “encountered obstruction from the political leadership” of the U.S. Department of Defense.

“The truth is many of the agencies that are critical to our security have incurred enormous damage. And many of them have been hollowed out in personnel, capacity, and in morale,” said President-Elect Joe Biden.

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*** Latest information as of 2:14 p.m. PT on Sunday, December 27th, 2020: ***

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Authorities have confirmed on Sunday, December 27th, 2020 the identify of found human remains to be the man responsible for the recreational vehicle bombing early Christmas morning.

According to United States Attorney Don Cochran, “Anthony Warner is the bomber. He was present when the bomb went off and he perished in the bombing.”

Authorities say the 63 year old Anthony Quinn Warner from Antioch, Tennessee is responsible for the explosion that rattled Downtown Nashville died in the blast.

Anthony Warner’s remains were found near the scene of the explosion. DNA samples examined by both FBI and TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) agents at the scene matched the DNA inside a vehicle used by Warner.

“Overnight, TBI forensic scientists processed evidence from the crime scene for DNA testing. The evidence was compared to evidence collected from a vehicle used by the person of interest in this case,” TBI director David Rausch said.

Authorities say no one else is believed to have been involved in the explosion at this time.

“There is no indication presently that anyone else was involved in this crime. I’ve said earlier and several times before, Nashville is considered safe. There are no known threats against this city,” said Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake.

The FBI and other agencies searched a home on Bakertown Road in Antioch Friday associated with Warner.

A Google image of the home taken back in 2019 shows an RV very similar to the one that exploded parked in a fenced-in area of the home.

Nashville City Mayor John Cooper has also extended the curfew in the explosion impact zone from 4:30 p.m. Sunday until noon on Monday, December 28th, 2020.

The zone is bounded by James Robertson Parkway, 4th Avenue North, Broadway and the Cumberland River.

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*** Latest information as of 7:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, December 27th, 2020: ***

*** Picture: ABC affiliate WKRN Channel 2 (Courtesy): ***

A news conference was head Sunday morning with the five Officers and one Sergeant Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officers who helped to save lives, evacuating people from there homes before a RV exploded early Christmas morning in what is being called a bomb attack,

The five Officers and one Sergeant recounted their experience during a press conference.

Officer James Luellen, who has been with the department for 3 years, arrived to the scene first, and said after five minutes, they heard a timer counting down from the RV.

Officers noticed the shades were down on the RV, but did not notice a tag.

The officers began contacting six to seven apartments, and asked residents to evacuate, and after helping people evacuate, Officer James Luellen returned to Second Avenue.

After some time, music began to play from the RV, and once the song finished, the announcement of a bomb continued.

Officer James Luellen said once the announcement resumed, he saw a man walking a dog.

The man was notified of the warning and shortly after the RV exploded, Officer James Luellen said he was knocked over by the explosion and the man was in shock.

The second officer who responded to the scene was Officer Brenna Hosey, who has been with the department for 4 years.

Officer Brenna Hosey said when she heard the announcement coming from the RV, she was confused.

“Is this really what we’re hearing right now,” Officer Brenna Hosey recalled thinking.

Officer Brenna Hosey then began clearing apartments on Second Avenue floor-by-floor, then they began these evacuation efforts as the RV announced there would be 14 minutes until detonation.

Officer Brenna Hosey said her Sergeant’s decision to move their patrol cars saved her life.

Officer Brenna Hosey was also thrown backward from the blast.

Officer James Wells, who has been with the department for 21 months, suffered hearing loss from the blast.

Officer James Wells said once he heard Luellen call over the radio for an immediate response, he knew by the tone of his voice it was serious.

Officer Michael Sipos, who has been with the department for 16 months, recalled helping residents get to safety by going into several apartments.

Officer Michael Sipos said the bomb pushed him and threw him and remembered seeing an orange sky before running into the plume of smoke.

Officer Amanda Topping, who has been with the department for 21 months, said the call came at the very end of her shift.

Officer Amanda Topping said her wife called her when police received an “odd call.”

As she responded to the area of Second Avenue and Commerce Street, Officer Amanda Topping began to hear the message playing from the RV.

“That’s a sound I’ll never forget,” Officer Amanda Topping said.

Sergeant Timothy Miller, who has been with the department for 11 years, was not present at the press conference because he was traveling out of town on Sunday morning.

During the news conference, William Swann, Director Chief of the Nashville Fire Department, said that some areas of Downtown Nashville that were impacted by the explosion will be reopen Sunday morning.

The area being reopened is between 4th and 5th Avenues to Broadway starting at 10:00 a.m. CT.

Before the reopening, Director Chief William Swann said that public works, fire department, and utility district will do a sweep of the affected area to ensure it is safe for people to return.

Director Chief William Swann then spoke about the communications outage, saying that he has been in contact with AT&T and as of 8:30 p.m. CT Saturday night, they have restored all of the mobile communications.

Director Chief William Swann also said that, “Sunday morning, they (AT&T) got back into the workflow, and there will be times where we will lose communications because they are trying to restore the fourth floor (AT&T transmission building); the fourth floor that will get our critical infrastructure back into play; that’s internet along with landline phone service and our 911 system.”

According to Director Chief William Swann said, “They (AT&T) are feeling very confident that at the end of the day, they will have back up and running at full capacity, but please remember that there’s a lot of moving parts and there’s a lot of things that happens and we will try to address it as it happens. We appreciate everyone’s patience.”

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*** Latest information as of 7:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, December 26th, 2020: ***

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Saturday afternoon, investigators and federal agents spent the afternoon searching a home along the 100 block of Bakertown Road in Antioch.

News outlets in Nashville are reporting that this search is connected to a man in connection with an explosion in Downtown Nashville.

At this moment, it’s unclear if anyone was inside the house when federal agents entered.

Well no official identify has been released of the person of interest or of any suspect or suspects in connection with an explosion, several news outlets are reporting the identify of a person of interest; a 63 year old man.

Meanwhile, people on social media platforms have been sharing Google street view picture of the home that was searched Saturday afternoon; map time stamp last year, showing a similar RV people think is the one used in the bombing.

Saturday morning, Special Agent Douglas Korneski said, “We can’t confirm any individuals or anybody we have identify. Again, we’re not prepared to identify any we’ve individual. Again as we mention, we have 500 investigated leads we’re following up every one of those, there are a number of individuals we’re looking at so at this point, we’re not prepare to identify by any single individuals.

Special Agent Douglas Korneski added that, “We have no indication that we’re looking for another subject, but again 500 leads we’re running through so there all kinds of individuals we’re looking for.”

At this moment, no details have been officially release yet by authorities regarding the search of the home in Antioch, and no confirmation by authorities have been given yet in regards to the Google street view picture of an RV at that home.

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*** Latest information as of 11:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, December 26th, 2020: ***

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Moments ago, a press conference was held providing the latest information on the bombing early Christmas morning.

Donald Q. Cochran, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, began the press conference by saying, “Good afternoon. 2020 has been a tough year for Nashville. Started back in March with the devastating tornadoes that we had tore through our neighborhoods, continued through our pandemic and the events this pass summer, and now this… the cowardly bombing on Christmas morning right in the heart of our downtown. But what they haven’t learn about Nashvillians in the time I live here is that they’re tough and we stick together as a team, and that’s what we’re doing now, and I want you to know now that the team that’s behind me and the folks they represent are doing everything they can to find out what happen here; to get the answers you deserve, and to make sure we’re all safe. So one of the toughest groups of folks we got here in little Tennessee is our law enforcement and our first responders.”

Donald Q. Cochran continues by thanking the six officers who were responding to calls of shots fired, and when they came by the RV counting down to an potential explosion; they didn’t ran away from the danger, but ran towards the danger saving lives.

ZachNews has learned that Metropolitan Nashville Police Department have identified the five Officers and one Sergeant who evacuated people and saving lives as Officer Brenna Hosey, Officer James Luellen, Officer Michael Sipos, Officer Amanda Topping, Officer James Wells and Sergeant Timothy Miller.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake said late of Friday that the six officers, “Immediately began knocking on doors, not knowing when the bomb would go off. They didn’t think of themselves…they thought of the citizens of Nashville. They saved lives today, and their heroism should be noted.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake, spoke next during the press conference.

Chief John Drake said that there are no known threaten to Nashville and that the city is safe.

Chief John Drake also said that there are 40 buildings have been impacted by the explosion, and will have to be inspected by building code (Nashville’s Department of Codes and Building Safety) to make sure that it’s safe to occupy again.

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Douglas Korneski, Special Agent in Charge with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Memphis, spoke next during the press conference.

Special Agent Douglas Korneski said that they have people working around the clock on this case; 250 agents from 8 Federal Bureau of Investigation field offices are here, and are working on 500 tips that have came in from the public.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation has increased its reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection to the Downtown Nashville explosion, offering another $10,000 to the reward to increase their fund to $37,000.

Hours after the explosion, celebrities and businesses all chipped in toward the reward.

With celebrities and businesses contributions to the reward and the funds donated by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, the reward is over $300,000.

According to Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, if no reward is claimed, the donated funds will be distributed to people impacted from the explosion.

*** Reminder: If you have any information about this case, here’s how you can help: ***

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also established a digital tip line for anyone with information about the explosion. Those who prefer to call can do so by dialing 1-800-CALL-FBI.

You can also submit any images, videos, or other information you may have related to the explosion in Downtown Nashville but using online form on the Federal Bureau of Investigation website at:

https://tips.fbi.gov/digitalmedia/7a67ae4eca52788

Special Agent Douglas Korneski thanked those who have provided information to help in the investigation.

Special Agent Douglas Korneski said that we are turning every stones to find out who is responsible for this and why; and we thank the city for their trust in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and our local, state and federal partners, and for the cooperation of all of our partners who are standing here today with him at the press conference.

Later, when asked about some news reports of a person/persons of interest in this case, Special Agent Douglas Korneski said, “We can’t confirm any individuals or anybody we have identify. Again, we’re not prepared to identify any we’ve individual. Again as we mention, we have 500 investigated leads we’re following up every one of those, there are a number of individuals we’re looking at so at this point, we’re not prepare to identify by any single individuals.

Special Agent Douglas Korneski added that, “We have no indication that we’re looking for another subject, but again 500 leads we’re running through so there all kinds of individuals we’re looking for.”

When asked human remains found near the explosion scene and if the human remains may be tied to the person responsible for the explosion, Special Agent Douglas Korneski said that they are still investigating, and that we don’t know at this point if they are link to the bombing yet, but are working under that assumption and processing that as such.

When asked if there was only one person acting alone in this bombing, Special Agent Douglas Korneski said that, “We do not know that, and that we’re following up every investigated lead, but we do believe that currently no active threats.”

When asked how confidence they will be able to identify those responsible fore this bombing, Special Agent Douglas Korneski said, “I am fairly confidence that we’ll be able to identify an individual; ascertain what occurred, it’s going to take some time but this team behind me and our folks in the field, we’re very good at what we do.”

Mickey French, Special Agent in Charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, spoke next during the press conference.

Special Agent Mickey French said that they have a numerous agents here on the ground, including the National Response Team who are specialized investigators that who investigate large fires, explosions and bombings.

Special Agent Mickey French said that they are working with all agencies involved in this case, including with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and that we’re helping in following up on those tips and leads as well.

John Cooper, Nashville City Mayor, spoke next during the press conference.

Mayor John Cooper said that he’s grateful for the team behind him working on this case, and we’re depending on them to do a great job; this is our national best to help solve this crime.

Mayor John Cooper has enforced a curfew in the Downtown Nashville area until Sunday via executive order to limit public access to the area.

Mayor John Cooper said our resolve as a community is to rebuild Second Avenue and to find the culprits involved.

In regards to communications systems outage following the bombing, AT&T is saying that restoration efforts are facing several challenges, which include a fire that “reignited overnight and led to the evacuation of the building,” and has forced AT&T crews to work with safety and structural engineers and drilling access holes into the building in order to reconnect power.

In a statement on Saturday, AT&T said, “Our teams continue to work around the clock on recovery efforts from yesterday morning’s explosion in Nashville. We have two portable cell sites operating in downtown Nashville with numerous additional portable sites being deployed in the Nashville area and in the region.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has asked the White House on Saturday for federal assistance due to the “severity and magnitude” of the explosion’s impact.

Governor Bill Lee said that communications systems have failed across the state following the explosion, effecting residential and cell phone service and 911 call centers.

Governor Bill Lee also said that Kentucky and northern Alabama were also affected by the communications systems outage related to the Downtown Nashville explosion.

Ray Neville, President of Technology at T-Mobile, said on Twitter that service disruptions affected Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham and Atlanta.

“We continue to see service interruptions in these areas following yesterday’s explosion. Restoration efforts continue around the clock & we will keep you updated on progress,” Ray Neville tweeted on Saturday.

The communications systems outage had even briefly grounded flights at the Nashville International Airport, but service was continuing normally as of Saturday.

The Federal Aviation Association has since issued a T.F.R. (Temporary Flight Restriction) around the airport, requiring pilots to follow strict procedures until Wednesday, December 30th, 2020.

South Charleston based Thomas Health, which operates two hospitals, said via Facebook page that it didn’t have an estimated time of restoration.

Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee is saying via Facebook that it was operating without access to some of its systems, including medical records.

“We prepare for situations like this and moved immediately to paper records. There has been no disruption to the delivery of patient care, and no cause for concern for this temporary issue,” Sumner Regional Medical Center said via Facebook on Friday.

As more news updates come in, ZachNews will post those updates.

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*** Latest information as of 3:16 p.m. PT on Friday, December 25th, 2020: ***

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Moments ago, a press conference was held providing the latest information on the bombing.

Nashville City Mayor John Cooper said, “Initial evidence does show that it was deliberate bomb being set off in our community.”

According to Nashville City Mayor John Cooper, at least three people have been hospitalized, and thanked six officers who ran to the scene and saved lives.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department say one officer was knocked to the ground by the blast but was uninjured, and one officer sustained temporary hearing loss as well.

Nashville City Mayor John Cooper calls the officers “Heroes,” saving the lives of many people, including a 4 year old.

At this moment, no reports of fatalities related to the bombing, but authorities are investigation possible human remains found near the scene of the bombing.

No details were released during the press conference regarding the possible human remains found.

The explosion occurred outside of 166 Second Avenue N., the location of an AT&T data center in Downtown Nashville.

Authorities are saying that along with an audio recording coming from the RV saying a that potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes, music was also playing between the counted audio recording announcement.

Authorities are also saying that at least three shell casings from a gun of some kind has been found a the scene of the bombing.

According to Nashville City Mayor John Cooper, at least 41 buildings suffered damaged and one building has collapsed related from the bombing.

Nashville City Mayor John Cooper also said that Second Avenue where the explosion occurred is damaged and is need of repair, and that he’s planning to ask Federal Emergency Management Agency to help rebuild Second Avenue.

At this moment, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said that there’s no other imminent danger to the public, but out of precaution K-9s are sweeping the area.

Earlier today, the Nashville City Mayor John Cooper signed an Executive Order 12, issuing a “State of Civil Emergency” proclaimed within the area bounded by James Robertson Parkway, 4th Ave north, Broadway and the Cumberland River.

That curfew will start at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, December 25th, 2020 until 4:30 pm. CT on Sunday, December 27th, 2020.

Law enforcement will be paroling the area during the investigation and curfew, making sure to protect businesses and residential properties.

The American Red Cross of Tennessee has set up a reception center at East Park Community Center, at 700 Woodland Street, Nashville for victims displaced or affected by the explosion.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has now taken the lead in the bombing investigation.

Moments ago, authorities say that there will be no more press conference with updates for today.

Earlier today. Metropolitan Nashville Police Department have recently released this picture of the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning, saying that the RV arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m. Have you seen this vehicle in our area.

Over $300,000 has been raised as a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect involved in early Christmas morning bombing.

FOX Sports host Clay Travis also pledged $10,000 toward the reward for information, tweeting, “I’m pledging an additional $10k for information leading to the arrest of the downtown Nashville bomber.”

Late Friday afternoon, Camping World CEO and CNBC personality Marcus Lemonis pledged $250,000 as a reward for information, tweeting, “. @MNPDNashville @JohnCooper4Nash I would like to put up a $250,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction inside of your process, of the this Nashville incident. We can’t have our streets terrorized like this. #horror“.

The owners of Lewis Country Store also pledged $20,000 towards the reward, tweeting, “@lewis_store and @RealMattWalter (MUSIC CITY PROUD BOYS) ARE OFFERING A $20,000.00 REWARD LEADING TO THE ARREST & CONVICTION OF THE NASHVILLE BOMBING SUSPECT.IT IS A SHAME THAT THIS HAPPENED ON CHRISTMAS DAY OR ANY DAY AS A MATTER OF FACT!

**** Have Information? Know Something, Say Something! Please Help: ****

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also established a digital tip line for anyone with information about the explosion. Those who prefer to call can do so by dialing 1-800-CALL-FBI.

You can also submit any images, videos, or other information you may have related to the explosion in Downtown Nashville but using online form on the Federal Bureau of Investigation website at:

https://tips.fbi.gov/digitalmedia/7a67ae4eca52788

Thank you for your information and tips to help in the investigation into the bombing. 

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*** Latest information as of 11:09 a.m. PT on Friday, December 25th, 2020: ***

Downtown Nashville, Tennessee: A recreational vehicle that exploded early Christmas morning in the area of Second Avenue and Broadway near Commerce Street is believe to be an “intentional act.”

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According to Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron, “The explosion was significant, as you can see. We do believe that the explosion was an intentional act.”

Three people were taken to the hospital for treatment, but officials said the injuries were not believed to be critical, and police said one officer was knocked off his feet by the blast.

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Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake said officers had received a call of “shots fired” in the area at about 5:30 a.m. CT on Friday, December 25th, 2020.

As officers responded, they encountered an RV that had a recording saying a that potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes. Officers, upon hearing that, decided to evacuate the buildings nearby, so they began knocking on doors, making announcements … to get people safe. Shortly after that, the RV exploded,” said Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake.

 

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A surveillance camera video that’s been posted and shared on YouTube and Twitter captured audio recording stating “this area must be evacuated now…if you can hear this message, evacuate now” before recreational vehicle exploded early Christmas morning.

The camera then goes to white as the explosion can be heard setting off multiple alarms, and the video then shows the aftermath of the destruction left in the explosion’s wake.

People in the area of the explosion are telling news outlets that they heard that audio recording telling them to evacuate, and authorities are saying that a message was being announced from the RV before the blast.

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We know of no other imminent danger to the area at this point,” said Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron.

Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron also said investigators do not yet know whether anyone was in the RV when it exploded.

Metro Nashville Police Department have recently released this picture of the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning.

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, the RV arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m. Have you seen this vehicle in our area.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

The FBI has also established a digital tip line for anyone with information about the explosion. Those who prefer to call can do so by dialing 1-800-CALL-FBI.

*** Pictures: Nashville Fire Department (Courtesy): ***

The blast caused damage to nearby buildings and shattered windows in the area as a plume of black smoke rose over Second Avenue near Church Street.

The explosion took place outside 166 Second Avenue, the AT&T building, but Aaron said investigators do not yet know if that site was intentionally chosen.

The American Red Cross of Tennessee has set up a reception center at East Park Community Center, at 700 Woodland Street, Nashville for victims displaced or affected by the explosion.

According to the American Red Cross of Tennessee, “We will have our Integrated Care Condolence Team there for anyone who needs it. We will be evaluating sheltering needs throughout the day. This is a continuing situation and we will update on our social platforms once further info is available.

CBS affiliate WTVF Channel 5 (NewsChannel 5) is reporting that an outage has affected phone and internet service for AT&T customers across Middle Tennessee and Kentucky, including some EMS lines in the area.

Jim Greer, AVP for AT&T corporate communications, release a statement saying, “Service for some customers in Nashville and the surrounding areas may be affected by damage to our facilities from the explosion this morning. We are in contact with law enforcement and working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service.

Police agencies were reporting that their 911 systems were down because of outage, including Murfreesboro and Knox County, about 180 miles from Nashville.

Murfreesboro police department tweeted that, “Murfreesboro’s 911 lines, and non-emergency lines, are currently down. AT&T is experiencing an outage. Please call 629-201-5056 until further notice.

Police in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, also tweeted that, “The department’s 911 and Non-Emergency Lines are down, which is likely related to a widespread outage on 12/25/2020 caused by the Downtown Nashville explosion. Temporarily, those in Mt. Juliet, can call 615-406-5849 for police & fire assistance if you cannot get through on 911.”

The police department in La Vergne, Tennessee also said that their emergency lines were down due to the outage, tweeting that, “Our 911 system and non-emergency number is down due to an AT&T outage. If emergency response is needed please call these numbers: (615)892-0168 Or (615)416-4592“.

CBS affiliate WTVF Channel 5 (NewsChannel 5) is also reporting that they have been receiving reports that AT&T and DirecTV coverage is being affected, as well.

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights out of Nashville International Airport due to telecommunications issues associated with the explosion in downtown Nashville.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, service was expected to resume by 3:00 p.m. CT.

Governor Bill Lee have released statements via Twitter in response to the explosion, saying, “Early this morning, an explosion occurred in downtown Nashville around Second Avenue and Commerce Street. Federal, state and local law enforcement partners are on the scene to investigate what we believe was an intentional act. We will supply all of the resources needed to determine what happened and who was responsible. Please join @MariaLeeTN and me in praying for those who were injured and we thank all of our first responders who acted so quickly this morning.”

The Department of Justice released the following statement saying, “Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron also said investigators do not yet know whether anyone was in the RV when it exploded. Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen was briefed on the Nashville incident early this morning and directed that all DOJ resources be made available to assist in the investigation.”

The White House also released the following statement, “President Trump has been briefed on the explosion in Nashville, Tennessee, and will continue to receive regular updates. The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured.”

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*** Latest information as of 10:21 a.m. PT on Friday, December 25th, 2020: ***

Downtown Nashville, Tennessee: A recreational vehicle exploded early Christmas morning in the area of Second Avenue and Broadway near Commerce Street.

Authorities are saying that at approximately 5:30 a.m. CT on Friday, December 25th, 2020, officers responded to a call of shots fired call on 2nd Avenue.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s Hazardous Devices Unit was called to check the RV.

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As those officers were en route, a large explosion occurred at around 6:30 a.m. CT.

Initial reports that a vehicle exploded outside an AT&T transmission building.

Multiple buildings on 2nd Avenue were damaged, some extensively as heavy black smoke could be seen rising above the affected area.

*** Video: Nashville Fire Department (Courtesy): ***

MNPD, FBI, and ATF are investigating the explosion of an RV outside 166 2nd Avenue North downtown.

The immediate downtown area has been sealed off.

Explosive detection dogs are conducting sweeps of the area for any other devices.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron said they have no indication of a second device, they are sweeping the area out of an abundance of caution.

Nashville Fire Department’s Joseph Pleasant said three people had been transported to the hospital. None of the injuries at the time for those transported were said to be critical.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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