Authorities have not yet revealed how or why the RV explosion occurred. But police provided a timeline of what the explosion was about, information that, combined with accounts of witnesses, reflected an unusual time of the incident.
“This was clearly done when no one was going around,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said.
Here we know what caused the explosion in Nashville.
Several hours later, Betsy Williams said she woke up to the sound of rapid gunfire.
“It sounded like an automatic weapon,” he said, it was “disconnecting”.
About 5–10 minutes later, he heard the sound again, so he called 911. Minutes later, he heard the gunfire for the third time, so he called 911 again.
Said Buck Mayoy, too, who he thought was awakened by guns. He got up and looked out of the window, he said, but went back to bed when he saw nothing.
Police said that they were called to the location after reports of shooting at around 5.30 am
Police said that the RV was repeatedly broadcasting an explosion warning, which was to take place in 15 minutes.
According to Williams, “Empty now,” said a computerized, female voice coming from the vehicle.
“This vehicle will explode in 15 minutes,” the voice said, according to Williams. After repeating that message for a minute, the voice said that the vehicle would explode in 14 minutes. The countdown was going on.
“When the time began, when we went, ‘Oh sh * t,’ he said.” We need to get out of here. “
Williams, still in her pajamas, and her family grabbed her cat and made her way to her car to leave the immediate area. He said he saw a police cordon from 2nd Avenue to prevent someone from going down.
David Malloy was walking his dog, a black German shepherd named DJ, when he saw police cars on every corner.
Then he heard a voice he thought was asking a police car to “evacuate” people and “please stand back”.
As the countdown progressed closer to its end, the message emanating from the RV changed according to surveillance video taken from a building across the street.
“If you can hear this message, then empty now,” the voice said at about 6:30 a.m. “If you can hear this message, then empty now.”
Then a bang and a blind flash.
Mello, along with his dog, said he asked an officer if they were about to evacuate to see the explosion.
“It was just such a big fireball,” he said. “I didn’t know what to make of it.”
He said Williams and his family dropped explosive fireballs down 2nd Avenue.
“Everything just, I mean, everything rocked. It was quite a blast,” he said.
When Buck McCoy looked outside, he saw trees everywhere and smashed pieces of glass across the street.
“Everything on the road was fire,” he said. “There were three cars that were fully loaded.”
Mayor John Cooper said on Friday that the explosion was caused by a “deliberate bomb” that caused chaos.
Nashville Fire PIO Joseph Pleasant said three people were rushed to hospitals from the scene, but none of them are in critical condition. The force of the explosion killed one officer and caused hearing loss in another, police said, but no officer sustained serious injuries.
Police Chief John Drake said investigators found tissues near the explosion site that may have been human remains.
Officials said the explosion occurred in at least 41 businesses and one building was partially demolished. Concerned about the structural integrity of the affected buildings, the city closed the area and would not allow anyone until Sunday afternoon.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper said, “It will be some time before 2 Avenue is back to normal.”
McCoy, who R.V. Burst, lives across, said his windows were blown and started pouring water from the roof. He had scratch marks on his face, arms and legs, but was otherwise fine.