PERSON OF INTEREST IN NASHVILLE EXPLOSION

Investigators identified a Nashville, Tenn., resident as a person of interest in the bombing that hit the city Christmas morning, according to law-enforcement officials.

Hundreds of law-enforcement officials swept the downtown neighborhood affected by the bomb and found no evidence of additional explosive devices, said Douglas Korneski, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Memphis office, which covers Nashville.

The Christmas morning explosion, which came after a sound system in the RV made announcements about a bomb inside, injured at least three people and damaged at least 41 buildings, one of which was destroyed, according to authorities.

Because of reports of shots fired and the suspicious RV before the explosion, police and emergency workers were on the scene and helped people evacuate from nearby buildings before the blast.

Mr. Lee toured the explosion site Saturday morning and tweeted that “The damage is shocking and it is a miracle that no residents were killed.”

The blast, which took place next to AT&T Inc.’s switching station, caused widespread outages in cellular and internet service in Tennessee, Kentucky and northern Alabama that were continuing Saturday.

Mr. Sachs, who previously advised the White House on infrastructure security, said the Christmas bombing demonstrated why people and firms should consider using several carriers for backup protection.

The section of Nashville’s downtown where the blast occurred remained closed to the public Saturday as investigations continue.

WSJ

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