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"Human remains" have been found near a massive blast that ravaged a US city on Christmas Day.
A RV vehicle emitted a chilling warning minutes before it exploded and injured three in an "intentional act" in Nashville at 6.30am local time.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake said the recorded announcement warned the "bomb would explode in 15 minutes" around when "shots were fired" in the tourist area.
Moments before the blast, police officers went door-to-door in nearby buildings to hustle residents to safety.
Don Aaron, Nashville Police Department's Public Affairs Manager, said it appeared to be an “intentional act”, adding: "Obviously, they heard the announcements coming from this vehicle.
"They took them seriously. And worked to seal the streets to protect folks and we think it worked."
CBS News reports officers believe "human remains" have been found near the blast site.
It's also claimed that officers believe the vehicle was parked in the site since Christmas Eve.
Nashville explosion: 'Human remains' found after massive 'intentional' Christmas Day blast
Reporter Ashley E. Armstrong tweeted: "Investigators tell CBSNews they believe the #RV involved in the #NashvilleExplosion had been parked in the site of the explosion since 24/12
"There had been NO chatter or credible threats regarding an attack by known extremists groups during Christmas holidays nationwide…
"…In fact the source said the threat level nationwide was assessed as low for the Christmas holidays in the United States."
CBS News reporter Ariana Freeman then added: "Law enforcement sources tell CBS News they have found what appear to be human remains near the site of the explosion.
"They have not indicated whether the remains are from someone connected to the explosion or from an innocent victim."
Witness Buck McCoy told CNN: "Everything on the street was fire.
"There were three cars that were fully engulfed."
Nashville Fire radio traffic is reporting that the blast caused "heavy structural damage" and glass and steel to shatter "everywhere".
The Nashville Fire Department said in a statement: "There is an incident involving an explosion. This is an active scene.
"Metro Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department are on the scene.
"There are no additional details to provide at this time."
The wounded are said to have non-life threatening injuries.
A state of civil emergency and two-day curfew has been announced for the area.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper signed the Executive Order 12 for an area bounded by James Robertson Parkway, 4th Ave north, Broadway and the Cumberland River.
The curfew will last from 4.30pm on Christmas Day until Sunday, December 27 at 4.30pm.
Residents are reporting feeling the ground shake when the explosion happened.
American Singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope was one of those who felt the effects of the incident.
"Our house shook here in Nashville," she tweeted.
"Just praying nobody was hurt."
Nashville Mayor John Cooper urged people to stay away from the downtown area, as police and federal authorities launched their investigation.
- In the News
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