Stars and Stripes stripes.com 25 Dec, 2020 20:30 am

Vehicle that exploded in Nashville broadcast a message warning of a bomb, police say

Vehicle that exploded in Nashville broadcast a message warning of a bomb, police say
An explosion shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning, shattering windows, damaging buildings and wounding three people. Authorities said they believe the blast was intentional.

Vehicle that exploded in Nashville broadcast a message warning of a bomb, police say Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn.MARK HUMPHREY/AP NASHVILLE, Tenn.25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn."We do not know if that was a coincidence, or if that was the intention," police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Police agencies were reporting that their 911 systems were down because of outage, including Murfreesboro and Knox County, about 180 miles from Nashville Three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, although none were in critical condition, Aaron said.Aaron said earlier that some people were taken to the department's central precinct for questioning but declined to give more details.

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