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Kentucky Police found no evidence of explosives following the evacuation of downtown Lexington


Kentucky Police find "no evidence" of explosives after evacuating downtown Lexington after a "RV bombing" one week after the Nashville attack

  • Lexington Police Evacuate Downtown Because of "Bomb Hazard"
  • Police cars blocked intersections in the city center around 8:30 p.m.
  • "Pedestrians and motorists are asked to avoid the area," officials said in a tweet
  • Witnesses said they were told by police to leave the area because of a bomb threat
  • The scene was cleared around 10:15 pm after police found "no evidence" of explosions

Kentucky Police found "no evidence" of explosives after evacuating downtown Lexington following reports of a RV bombing.

At 8:30 pm, Lexington police tweeted that officials were "dealing with an incident in the Short Street and Market area."

"Pedestrians and motorists are asked to avoid the area," the officials wrote.

Patrol cars blocked downtown intersections Thursday night as bars were evacuated.

The scene was cleared around 10:15 pm after police said they had "found no evidence of explosives".

"The officers contacted the driver of the motor home and no explosives were found," Lexington police said in a statement.

Kentucky Police are evacuating downtown Lexington (roadblock pictured) after reports of a mobile home bombing threat

At 8:30 pm, Lexington police tweeted that officials were "dealing with an incident in the Short Street and Market area."

At 8:30 pm, Lexington police tweeted that officials were "dealing with an incident in the Short Street and Market area."

Authorities were seen earlier that night diverting traffic away from the obvious suspicious activity.

In a follow-up tweet, the department said, "AVOID DOWNTOWN traffic will be ceased and the area from Vine to Third Street and Broadway to Martin Luther King Blvd. will be evacuated."

A witness in the area shared on Twitter that his vehicle had been parked by the RV in question. “Danger of being bombed in a RV in downtown Lexington, KY. The city center is evacuated. Of course my car is parked next to the mobile home … ”wrote the person.

Another person shared, “Part of downtown Lexington is being evacuated because of a lonely RV in a random parking lot. Apparently K9 smelled something suspicious. Of course, # newyearseve2020 ends that way. Wife and I have dinner 75 feet from the RV. & # 39;

A local reporter said on Twitter that a couple said they should leave the area because of a bomb threat.

"You said the police operate a robot," the reporter tweeted.

Another person shared, "My wife and I have been evacuated from Dudleys. We have been told there is a suspicious vehicle in the adjacent parking lot."

The incident has raised fears that the RV may contain explosive devices similar to those found in Nashville, Tennessee. On Christmas Day, the explosion occurred in the heart of historic downtown Nashville, killing the bomber and injuring at least eight people.

A witness in the area shared on Twitter that his vehicle had been parked by the RV in question

A witness in the area shared on Twitter that his vehicle had been parked by the RV in question

The explosion damaged dozens of buildings. Federal officials continue to investigate the motive of the man they identified as a bomber, 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner.

Just before the explosion, a photo taken by Warner's RV warned locals in the area to evacuate immediately.

Officials continue to evaluate the building damage caused by the bombing as police officers gave the media the first opportunity to investigate the downtown Nashville explosion site on Thursday.

The photos show blown windows, debris spilling from buildings onto sidewalks, and a dark crater where the bomb went straight off.

"Our priority is to make residents and businesses a whole. Metro is working to get entrepreneurs and residents back into their homes as quickly as possible and to help those who have lost their jobs," said Mayor John Cooper.

City officials hoped to complete their assessment of the structural damage to the 41 affected buildings by next week.

Governor Bill Lee has asked the White House for an emergency letter to free up money and resources for affected business owners. The federal government is examining the application.

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