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Authorities Close Road, Pull Over Truck For Playing Suspicious Audio Near Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 25: Police close off an area damaged by an explosion on Christmas morning on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A Hazardous Devices Unit was en route to check on a recreational vehicle which then exploded, extensively damaging some nearby buildings. According to reports, the police believe the explosion to be intentional, with at least 3 injured and human remains found in the vicinity of the explosion.
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Authorities in Tennessee blocked off a stretch of road on Sunday afternoon to investigate a box truck that they say was playing audio sounding “similar” to the audio that emanated from an RV before it detonated in downtown Nashville early Christmas morning.

The driver of the box truck has been detained by authorities, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday. They declined to describe the exact nature of the audio but said an emergency dispatcher received a call about the truck on Sunday morning, when it was still parked at a market, according to The Associated Press.

Video of the situation captured by WSMV, a local news outlet, shows a white box truck parked on the side of a two-lane road, with a swarm of police cars parked hundreds of feet away on either side of the stretch of road. A robot can be seen in one video approaching the truck, and in a later video, two agents can be seen near the truck.

“Agents are now working around the truck without bomb suits, likely indicating everything is safe,” reported WSMV news anchor Brittany Weiner.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department said later on Twitter that federal and state authorities didn’t find an explosive device in the box truck. The sheriff’s office did not elaborate on the nature of the audio but said it was brought to their attention when the truck was parked at a market.

At a press conference on Sunday, Nashville Police Chief John Drake said that there are no known threats to the city, and that Nashville is considered safe. Authorities will continue to put a curfew around the area surrounding the blast site, but the police chief said this curfew zone will become progressively smaller over time, as investigators continue to gather the evidence they need from the area.

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