Widespread communications outages, downed 911 services and flights stranded in Nashville after explosion damage to AT&T building

AT&T has confirmed that one of its facilities was damaged in what authorities call an “intentional” explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, amid reports of outages in mass communication and 911 services in several states.

The telecommunications giant declined to say how extensive the outages were, but confirmed that one of its buildings, housing telephone exchange network equipment, was “Affected” by the explosion, causing “Some” service interruptions.

“We are in contact with law enforcement and are working as quickly as possible to restore service for some customers in and around Nashville. This is due to the damage caused to our facilities by the explosion this morning ”. the company he told me on Twitter.

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Several law enforcement agencies across Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama reported that their 911 systems were down as a result of the blast, including Murfreesboro, Knox County, Muscle Shoals and Madison County, according to the reports. local media.

Telecommunications problems following the explosion also forced the Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily halt flights from Nashville International Airport.

While police said the explosion was clearly “Intentional,” it remains unclear whether it specifically targeted AT&T infrastructure. In addition to damaging one of the company’s facilities, the explosion also occurred one block from Nashville’s AT&T Tower, colloquially known as the Batman Building.

The explosion rocked Nashville on Christmas morning around 6:30 a.m. local time. The explosion was apparently preceded by a chilling prerecorded loudspeaker message that counted to zero, while warning anyone within earshot to “evacuate now”.

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