Nashville, Tennessee: Search after massive explosion

After the massive explosion of a motor home in the US country stronghold of Nashville, the investigations are in full swing. According to the Federal Police FBI, police officers searched a house in a suburb in the southeast of the city on Saturday.

A police spokesman did not want to comment on a message from the broadcaster CBS that a 63-year-old who owned a motorhome of the affected model was being sought in connection with the investigation.

FBI investigator Douglas Korneski said at a press conference that he was “pretty confident” that the authorities would find the background to the incident and the culprit: “We just need time.”

In the center of Nashville, a mobile home exploded early Friday morning, from which loudspeaker announcements had been made to evacuate. Because of the warnings, the area could be evacuated in time, only three people were slightly injured. The force of the explosion was enormous and dozens of houses were badly damaged.

According to the prosecutor, more than 500 reports from the population about the incident were received by Saturday. Investigation chief Korneski spoke of a “huge crime scene,” and the detonation had spread evidence over several blocks. Tissue was found at the site of the explosion which, according to Police Chief John Drake, could possibly be human remains.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee urged outgoing US President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency in order to quickly free up federal funds.

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