Nashville bomb: Tennessee cops pull over 'truck with PA system telling people to evacuate' similar to Friday bombing

A Tennessee highway has been closed off after cops responded to reports of a truck with a PA system warning people to evacuate the area.

On Sunday The Wilson County Sheriff's Office tweeted: "Highway 231 South from the Cedars of Lebanon State Park to Richmond Shop road is currently shut down due to a suspicious vehicle."

It continued: "Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route. We will post updates as more information comes in."

News images show a white truck on the empty Tennessee road surrounded by police cars as law enforcement officers apprehended the vehicle.

The truck had told people to evacuate via a PA system, WSMV reports – similar to the Nashville bombing just two days ago.  

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office say the truck had been "playing audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville".

Cops were called at 10:30am Central time and then located the vehicle.

The truck had been parked outside a convenience store in Rutherford and made the announcement before making its way to Wilson County.

The driver has since been detained by police.

The statement read: "Sheriff’s deputies in Rutherford and Wilson Counties are investigating a box truck parked at a convenience store playing audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville.

"The driver traveled from Rutherford County into Wilson County where he was stopped by deputies and detained. As a precaution, nearby residents were evacuated during the active investigation.

"Rutherford County dispatchers received a call about 10:30 a.m. about the white box truck parked at Crossroads Market in Walter Hill. Deputies located the truck and made the traffic stop.

"Rutherford and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are working together in the ongoing investigation."

On Christmas Day, an SUV played an audio warning before exploding in downtown Nashville.

After the recorded countdown hit zero, the vehicle exploded into a massive fireball, sending shrapnel flying and destroying nearby buildings.

The FBI said the RV arrived at roughly 1.22am Central time in central Nashville while investigators believe the blast was an "intentional act."

The explosion injured three people, damaged at least 41 businesses and caused one building to partially collapse.

Nashville mayor John Cooper had enforced a curfew in the downtown area until Sunday, via an executive order, to limit public access to the area.

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