Nashville bomb: Governor asks Trump for emergency declaration as FAA labels skies above city 'National Defense Airspace'

DONALD Trump has been urged to make an emergency declaration to help Nashville after a massive bomb ripped through the city on Christmas morning.

As Tennessee Governor Bill Lee appealed for aid, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shut down skies above the city — threatening "deadly force" against any aircraft breaching the "National Defense Airspace".


The FBI is probing whether Nashville's Christmas Day bombing was deliberately designed to target cops after they were lured into the area before a massive explosion. 

Nashville police today reportedly said they have destined a local person in connection with the bombing.

The blast — which injured three people and caused massive damage to the city's downtown area — is thought to have come from a bomb inside a white RV parked on 2nd Avenue at 6.40 am.

After touring the site, Gov Lee appealed to the President for help because the "severity and magnitude of the current situation" was beyond what Tennessee could deal with.

In a letter, he said: "As a result, federal assistance under the Stafford Act is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state, local governments, disaster relief organizations, and compensation by insurance for disaster-related losses.

"In order to recover sufficiently, I specifically request an Emergency Declaration for Public Assistance categories A & B for Davidson County."

The United States government may use deadly force against airborne aircraft if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat

Last night it emerged that the FAA declared an area of one nautical mile above the site of the explosion as “National Defense Airspace”.

It stated: "Pilots who do not adhere to the following procedures may be intercepted, detained, and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel."

It added: "The United States government may use deadly force against airborne aircraft if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat."

Officers were called to the scene shortly before the explosion amid reports of a shooting.

But they arrived to find the vehicle playing an announcement saying that it would explode in 15 minutes.

Ex-NYPD Detective Bill Ryan, an arson and explosions expert, told Fox News the chilling recording could have been part of a trap by a group of people to lure cops to the area. 

He said: "I kind of think it was probably an idea to get first responders to come in.

"You have to really wonder what the motivation of the bombers is — I don't think this was one person, it was probably an organized group of people."


Meanwhile, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake has hailed six cops as heroes for selflessly evacuating residents before the RV explosion.

Besides praising the police officers, Drake confirmed that what appears to be human remains were found near the bomb site. 

The six police officers hustled to rescue people from their homes as a pre-recorded message gave a warning countdown before the van exploded, Drake said in a press conference on Friday night.

“These officers didn't care about themselves. They didn't think about that,” the police chief said.

“They cared about the citizens of Nashville. They went in and we'd be talking not about the debris that we have here but potential people."

Drake revealed the names of the cops who evacuated people on Second Avenue and saved lives.


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