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911 Outage in Western Kentucky connected to Nashville explosion

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSIL/CNN) -- Effects from an RV explosion in Nashville, TN are now being felt in the News 3 area as communication infrastructure may have been damaged in the Friday incident.

Friday afternoon the Kentucky State Police Post 2 told News 3 they've experienced "major issues regarding calls coming into the dispatch center." While they are receiving 911 emergency calls from Verizon carriers AT&T network calls are not getting through.

Post 2 personnel is requesting the public in the Post 2 district who cannot get through by calling 911 to utilize the phone numbers 502-395-1771 or 502-682-0941.

"It is possible this issue is being experienced statewide in multiple states in this area," the press release read in part.

AT&T took to Twitter as customers reported outages calling for patience.

"We are aware and appreciate your patience. Service for some customers in Nashville & surrounding areas may be affected by damage to our facilitiess from the explosion this morning. We are in contact with law enforcement & working as quickly as possible to restore service," the post said.

The explosion in downtown Nashville, injuring at least three people and damaging dozens of buildings, is believed to be an intentional act, authorities said.

According to police, officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department were responding to a call of shots fired around 5:30 a.m. CT Friday when they came upon an RV parked in front of an AT&T transmission building at 166 2nd Avenue North.

The RV was playing a recorded message that indicated a bomb would explode in 15 minutes, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said during a news conference Friday.

Officers saw no immediate evidence of shots fired but they requested the department's hazardous devices unit and started to evacuate neighborhood residents, police said.

The bomb squad was responding when the RV exploded at 6:30 a.m. CT, police spokesman Don Aaron said.

"We do believe this to have been an intentional act," he said. "Significant damage has been done to the infrastructure there on 2nd Avenue North."

Three people were transported to hospitals from the scene, but none were in critical condition, according to Nashville Fire spokesman Joseph Pleasant.

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