A white box truck playing “audio similar” to the RV that exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning was reported outside the city Sunday, prompting a police probe, according to local authorities and outlets.
“Sheriff’s deputies in Rutherford and Wilson Counties are investigating a box truck parked at a store playing audio similar to the Christmas explosion in Nashville,” the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Sunday afternoon.
“The driver was stopped by deputies and detained. Residents evacuated. Investigation active.”
The city’s Christmas blast was preceded by an eerie audio recording piped from an RV of a voice warning locals of the impending explosion and urging them to evacuate. The classic pop song “Downtown” by Petula Clark was also bizarrely intermittently played from the vehicle.
Sheriff’s office dispatchers Sunday received a call about the white box truck around 10:30 a.m. and located it near Highway 231 by the Cedars of Lebanon State Park, according to local Fox affiliate WZTV.
Footage posted by local NBC affiliate WSMV shows a police robot approaching the vehicle, apparently to search for possible explosives.
The park sits about 30 miles east of Nashville, where the RV exploded Friday outside an AT&T building, injuring three people.
Investigators are reportedly probing whether the blast is linked to Anthony Quinn Warner, a 63-year-old area computer expert who may have harbored fears about 5G cellular technology and alleged surveillance of Americans.
Authorities are also investigating whether human remains found among the rubble of that blast are Warner’s.
Officials had said there was little fear of follow-up incidents.
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