Nashville newest: FBI ‘variety of people’ in reference to blast

There are not any extra explosive threats recognized at the moment, authorities stated.

December 26, 2020, 7:41 PM

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Authorities are a “number of individuals” and don’t imagine there’s one other topic as they examine an explosion that rocked downtown Nashville on Christmas.

Law enforcement businesses have obtained practically 500 ideas after a parked leisure car exploded Friday morning, inflicting intensive harm.

“We are continuing to follow every lead we have,” U.S. Attorney Don Cochran stated throughout a press briefing Saturday afternoon.

FBI agent Doug Korneski declined to verify if an individual of curiosity has been recognized, however he stated the FBI is “not looking for another subject.”

“There are a number of individuals that we’re looking at,” Korneski stated. “At this point, we’re not prepared to identify any single individual.”

There are not any recognized extra explosive threats at the moment, authorities stated.

“Nashville is safe,” Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake stated throughout the briefing. “We feel and know that we have no known threats at this time against our city.”

Authorities urged individuals to keep away from the world, as a curfew is in impact till Sunday afternoon.

Drake requested residents and enterprise homeowners to “be patient” Saturday whereas the investigation is underway.

“Just know that your businesses are safe,” Drake stated in a video address Saturday afternoon. “We have law enforcement officers at each corner to protect the area, so no one will be allowed access into your business.”

Announcements coming from an RV stated a possible bomb would detonate inside quarter-hour, police stated, earlier than it exploded round 6:30 a.m. Friday, blowing out the home windows of close by buildings. The explosion is believed to have been an intentional act, authorities stated.

Officers labored to evacuate close by buildings earlier than the explosion. The division recognized them Friday night time as Officer Brenna Hosey; Officer James Luellen; Officer Michael Sipos; Officer Amanda Topping; Officer James Wells; and Sergeant Timothy Miller.

The officers have been lauded as heroes throughout a press convention Friday, as they “took swift action and directed people away from danger,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper stated.

“The officers saved lives today,” Drake additionally stated. “They immediately began knocking on doors, not knowing if the bomb was going to go off immediately. They didn’t care about themselves, they didn’t think about that, they cared about the citizens of Nashville.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee additionally praised the “swift action” of Nashville police and native regulation enforcement after touring the location of the explosion Saturday morning.

“The damage is shocking and it is a miracle that no residents were killed,” he stated on Twitter.

Three individuals have been taken to the hospital with minor accidents. Human stays have been discovered on the scene, a number of regulation enforcement sources informed ABC News. The stays haven’t been recognized as of Saturday afternoon.

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