UPDATED 10:50 AM PT – Saturday, December 26, 2020
Officials in Nashville, Tennessee are keeping residents away from the site of a major explosion which went off on Christmas. The mayor issued a curfew for the blast area, effective Friday through Sunday, as investigators continue to work on the scene.
This comes as the police chief said remains were found near the blast site and will be examined to determine if they are human.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper called the police officers who helped clear residents from the area “incredible heroes,” saying they prevented many injuries.
We are so thankful for the brave members of @MNPDNashville and @NashvilleFD who responded today. These people saved lives. Please stay clear of the affected areas and allow first responders and investigators to continue their work. Stay safe, stay strong. https://t.co/kY4ENURSy0
— Metro Nashville (@MetroNashville) December 25, 2020
“The chiefs and I have just had a walking tour of the devastation on Second Avenue,” Mayor Cooper stated. “As of right now, initial evidence does show that the early morning explosion was was a deliberate bomb being set off in our community.”
Authorities said they weren’t aware of any credible threats in the area heading into the holiday.