Parts of Tennessee are still experiencing communications outages after a bomb allegedly exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day, damaging an AT&T central office in the process.
The blast, which resulted in non-critical injuries but no known fatalities, affected police emergency systems in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama, as well as Nashville's COVID-19 community hotline, and some hospital systems in Tennessee, South Carolina, and West Virginia, The Associated Press reports. One of the hospitals affected in Tennessee said it lost access to some of its systems, but was prepared "for situations like this" and "moved immediately to paper records" without "disruption to the delivery of patient care."
People living in the area have reported going a full day without cell or internet service.
Update: 24 hours now without cell or internet service. AT&T reports that a fire reignited at their facility overnight. Waiting of course to learn about the bomber and his/her motive, but we have definitely learned a lesson about the fragility of our regional communications. https://t.co/DQiIr6ljyx
— David French (@DavidAFrench) December 26, 2020
Law enforcement officials are convinced the bombing was intentional, but it's unclear if the AT&T building was targeted specifically.
As things stand, the FBI has taken the lead in the investigation. The agency has not settled on a motive or suspect(s), and the bureau is reportedly pursuing around 500 leads. Read more at The Associated Press.
NBC News: The FBI is pursuing approximately 500 leads and conducting interviews as the investigation into the Nashville bombing continues.
An FBI spokesperson says as of right now there are no arrests and nobody is in custody in connection with the bombing.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) December 26, 2020
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