Authorities: No explosives found in suspicious vehicle that shut down Tennessee highway


LEBANON, Tenn. (NewsNation Now) — No explosives were found in a suspicious vehicle that shut down Highway 231 South Sunday in Wilson County, Tennessee, according to authorities.

The highway was closed due to a suspicious vehicle parked at a store “playing audio similar to the Christmas explosion in Nashville.”

NASHVILLE (WKRN/AP) — A highway in Tennessee has been shut down due to a suspicious vehicle just days after a Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville.

According to our sister station WKRN, Highway 231 South in Wilson County was closed Sunday afternoon. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene and said deputies are investigating a box truck parked at a store “playing audio similar to the Christmas explosion in Nashville.”

WKRN reports the driver was stopped and has been detained, and residents living nearby have been evacuated.

Earlier Sunday, Nashville Police said a Tennessee man named Anthony Quinn Warner is under investigation in connection with the bombing that rocked downtown Nashville on Christmas. Metro Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron confirmed Warner’s identity Sunday.

Federal and state investigators are trying to determine who set off a bomb inside a recreational vehicle Friday morning, injuring three people and damaging more than 40 businesses. They are also working to identify human remains found at the scene.

Separately, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press that federal investigators have started examining Warner’s digital footprint and financial history. They are also examining a recent deed transfer of a home in suburban Nashville.

The official could not discuss the case publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The official said forensic analysts are reviewing evidence collected from the blast site to try to identify the components of the explosives and are also reviewing information from the U.S. Bomb Data Center for intelligence and investigative leads.

Federal agents are examining a number of potential leads and pursuing several theories, including the possibility that an AT&T building was targeted. The bomb caused damage that affected communications in several states.

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