Update — 12:21 P.M. EST: Nashville police have a person of interest or persons of interest related to the city’s Christmas morning explosion, according to CBS News. Read Breitbart News’ original report below.
— Jeff Pegues (@jeffpeguescbs) December 26, 2020
Six Nashville police officers have been recognized by the department for evacuating people and saving lives before Friday’s explosion in downtown Nashville.
Fast-thinking and organization by six police officers helped avert casualties when a recreational vehicle exploded early Friday in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. https://t.co/TIDwmsDpvZ
— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) December 26, 2020
The following officers were recognized:
Officer Brenna Hosey, who has been with the department for four years Officer James Luellen, who has been with the department for three years Officer Michael Sipos, who has been with the department for 16 months Officer Amanda Topping, who has been with the department for 21 months Officer James Wells, who has been with the department for 21 months Sergeant Timothy Miller, who has been with the department for 11 years
An RV exploded in an empty street in downtown Nashville at the intersection of Commerce Street and 2nd Avenue at approximately 6:30 a.m. Friday.
Police stated officers were investigating a shots-fired call when the explosion occurred. Three people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Breitbart News reported that the explosion is believed to have been intentional but meant to limit casualties. However, there were also human remains found at the bombing site, according to the Associated Press:
BREAKING: AP sources: Authorities have found human remains in the vicinity of the explosion in downtown Nashville. Find updates here: https://t.co/WZv5vkagOh
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 25, 2020
Downtown access is restricted, and multiple roads are closed off as authorities investigate the situation, WKRN reported.
The FBI is leading the investigation into the bombing and is urging anyone with information to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.