A recreational vehicle parked in the deserted streets of downtown Nashville exploded early Christmas morning, causing widespread communications outages that took down police emergency systems and grounded holiday travel at the city’s airport. Authorities said they believe the blast was intentional.
Police were responding to a report of shots fired Friday when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said. Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad. The RV exploded shortly afterward, Drake said at a midday news conference. Police did not immediately indicate a possible motive or the target.
A few points:
- shots fired prior to the explosion
- a taped warning of an impeding explosion
- Christmas morning on what would otherwise be a street teeming with people
The only obvious human target here would be First Responders. Who else is running toward gunfire or a bomb warning?
It’s possible some infrastructure might also have been a target (a telecommunication substation of some sort), but regardless, cops would be responding to any explosion or threat of an explosion.