The Associated Press

Large parts of Tennessee continued to plague Saturday after a recreational vehicle exploded in sleepy downtown Nashville early Christmas morning

Police emergency systems in Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as the Nashville COVID-19 community hotline, remained out of service due to an AT&T headquarters struck by the blast.The building contained a switchboard with network equipment – but the company refused to say exactly how many people were affected

AT&T said the restoration efforts are facing several challenges, including a fire that “re-ignited overnight and resulted in the evacuation of the building.” This has forced their teams to work with security and structural engineers and drill access holes in the building in order to restore the power supply

“Our teams continue to work around the clock on the recovery effort from yesterday morning’s Nashville explosion,” the company said in a statement on Saturday. “We have two portable cell locations in downtown Nashville, and numerous additional portable cell locations Cells are used in the Nashville area and in the “

” region

Gov Bill Lee asked the White House for federal assistance on Saturday because of the “severity and magnitude” of the effects of the explosion. At least 41 buildings were damaged and communications systems – including home and cell phone services and 911 call centers – were down across the state, said he

The outages even temporarily suspended flights at Nashville International Airport, but service resumed normally from Saturday

Metro Nashville police chief John Drake responded to a report of gunfire on Friday when they encountered the RV and issued a pre-recorded warning that a bomb would explode in 15 minutes police evacuated nearby buildings and called the bomb squad The motor home exploded shortly thereafter

Police officers have said they believe the explosion was intentional but are as yet unaware of the motive or target

“I visited the site of the bombing this morning,” said Gov Bill Lee tweeted on Saturday, “The damage is shocking and it’s a miracle no residents were killed (First Lady Maria) and I continue to pray for those injured by the blast”

The swift action by @MNPDNashville and local law enforcement agencies saved lives, and I commend their courage

Lee had been in quarantine because his wife contracted COVID-19, however, the Republican said he and Maria had both tested negative, allowing the two to visit downtown Nashville Lee said the first lady had ” fully recovered “”

On Friday, Drake told reporters that on-site investigators “found tissue that we believe may be remains, but we will investigate and let you know at this point”” No new tissue information was made available on Saturday

The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation, said agency spokesman Joel Siskovic The investigation also includes federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives The FBI is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes such as explosives violations and acts of terrorism

Mayor John Cooper has put a downtown curfew through Sunday, which includes the heart of downtown Nashville’s tourist scene, which is home to many honky tonks, restaurants, and shops.The curfew was put in place by order of the executive branch restrict public access to the area as investigators continue to investigate the scene

A law enforcement officer walks past damage sustained by an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

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