A huge Christmas morning bomb believed to have been hidden in a motorhome wrecked a street in Nashville. The blast went off shortly after 6:40am EST on Friday, with the Tennesee city’s police department since saying they believe the explosion to have been ‘an intentional act.’
Police were called to reports of a suspicious vehicle outside the city’s AT&T Building, known locally as ‘the Batman Building’, with the explosion going off while a hazardous devices unit was en route, local reporter Yihyun Jeong tweeted.
A preliminary search of the area failed to find any injured people, and law enforcement sources say there is no indication so-far that anyone has been harmed by the blast.
It shook buildings in the southern city, with photos showing brickwork ripped off buildings, and scores of windows shattered. Shrapnel was embedded in buildings within a five block radius of the blast site. Stunned locals took to social media to share their shock and fear in the wake of the explosion.
The area affected houses a mix of businesses and residential property, with police refusing to indicate a possible motive for a bomb blast. A wide cordon has been set up while FBI agents investigate.
Investigators from the city’s Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are on the scene, but have yet to make any official comment.
The streets of Nashville – famed for its country music venues – were quieter than usual because of Christmas morning, and ongoing warnings to stay at home to avoid catching Covid.
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