‘An intentional act’: RV in Nashville played a recording warning of bomb before explosion

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A law enforcement member walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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 PrintBy Gabriella Muñoz– The Washington Times – Updated: 3:42 p.m. on Friday, December 25, 2020

An explosion in Nashville sent three people to the hospital and destroyed city buildings Christmas morning in what police say may have been “an intentional act.”

At a press conference, officials swore to “find out what happened,” but do not believe the downtown area is facing any other immediate threats.

“We know of no other imminent danger to the city at this point,” Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said Friday afternoon.


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Officials are still conducting a sweep of the area as a precaution.

Smoke billowed out from the scene and could be seen “from miles away” Friday morning, according to the Tennessean.



The local Nashville paper said police responded to reports of a suspicious recreational vehicle outside an AT&T building, and an officer on the scene “had reason” to notify the Metro Nashville Police Department’s hazardous devices unit. They were driving to the scene when the “significant explosion” went off.

MNPD Chief of Police John Drake said officers were responding to a report of shots fired around 5:30 a.m. Central Standard Time when they found an RV with a recording notifying them that a bomb would go off in 15 minutes.

“The officers, upon hearing that, decided to evacuate the buildings,” Chief Drake said. “Shortly after that, the RV exploded. We had one officer that was knocked to the ground, a

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