Nashville explosion: a possible suicide bombing

The Federal Police (FBI) are no longer looking for other suspects.

Investigators said on Friday they may have discovered human remains, but were unsure whether they came from someone linked to the blast or an innocent victim.

Agents are busy searching a house in Antioch, located southeast of Nashville, according to an FBI spokesperson. Information concerning the vehicle involved in the explosion on Christmas morning led the police to this home.

The FBI has received more than 500 clues from the public and there is no indication that there will be further explosions, according to the officer responsible for the case, Doug Korneski.

The federal agency, which is leading the investigation, has mobilized its behavioral analysis unit in Quantico, Va., And about 250 staff.

Federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also participating.

Shots before the explosion

According to Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake, police responded to a report of gunfire on Friday before discovering an RV that was issuing a recorded warning that a bomb would explode in 15 minutes.

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Police evacuated neighboring buildings and called the bomb squad. The vehicle exploded shortly after.

Authorities believe the explosion was intentional, although they do not know the motives and target. They are still trying to find out if the AT&T transmission building, which was damaged in the explosion, was targeted.

Loudspeaker warnings before the explosion indicate that this was not an attempted mass murder. It was clearly going to be done when no one was aroundNashville Mayor John Cooper said Friday.

The three injured were in stable condition on Friday evening. The explosion destroyed at least 41 businesses on Second Avenue in Nashville, a street full of historic buildings.

This morning, I visited the scene of the attack. The damage is staggering. It is a miracle that no inhabitant was killed.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Major communication failures

Major communication failures continued to affect large swathes of Tennessee, as well as parts of Kentucky and Alabama.



Smoke rises from the site of the explosion in the Second and Commerce area of ​​Nashville.

The Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama police emergency systems remained inoperative.

Photo : Reuters / ANDREW NELLES/TENNESSEAN.COM

Tri-state police emergency systems as well as the Nashville COVID-19 hotline remained out of service as a central office at AT&T was affected by the blast. This building contained a telephone exchange with network equipment.

The company declined to indicate the number of customers currently affected by these outages.

AT&T said repair crews face several challenges, including a fire re-lit overnight and led to the building evacuation. They had to work with safety and structural engineers and drill holes in the building to reconnect the power.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Saturday asked the White House for federal assistance over the severity and magnitude of the explosion.

At least 41 buildings were damaged, and communications systems failed across the state, he said.

The blackouts even briefly interrupted flights to Nashville International Airport, but activities resumed normally on Saturday.

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