AP: Human remains found near Downtown Nashville explosion

APTOPIX Nashville Explosion
Posted at 4:20 PM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 17:32:24-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A recreational vehicle parked in the deserted streets of downtown Nashville exploded early Christmas morning.

Two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that authorities have found human remains in the vicinity of the explosion that rocked downtown Nashville early Christmas morning.

It is unclear how the remains are related to the explosion or whether they might belong to the person believed to be responsible or a victim. The officials could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The explosion caused widespread communications outages that took down police emergency systems and grounded flights at the city’s airport.

Authorities said they believe the blast was intentional.

Three people were hurt in the explosion, which shattered windows and damaged buildings.

Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said police were responding to a report of shots fired when they encountered a recreational vehicle blaring a recording that said a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes.

Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad.