Local and federal authorities are investigating the explosion of a recreational vehicle that broadcast a warning to residents before it blew up in downtown Nashville early Friday.
The explosion, which police called an “intentional act,” shattered the Christmas morning quiet in the center of the city’s business district around 6:30 a.m. CT.
Tissue was found following the blast, and authorities are examining to confirm whether it could be human remains, according to Metropolitan Nashville Police John Drake. He added that there were otherwise no known fatalities from the blast, and authorities had no advance warning in the days prior that the explosion was imminent.
Three people received non-critical injuries, bricks toppled from buildings blocks away, trees were knocked to the ground, and streets had the charred look of a battleground.
The damage to an AT&T building next to the RV disrupted 911 emergency services and temporarily grounded planes at Nashville International Airport.