A driver of a white box truck was detained Sunday afternoon on Highway 231 in Lebanon, Tennessee, after “playing audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion,” local investigators said.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said the truck was pulled over on Murfreesboro Road about a half-hour east from where the downtown Nashville RV explosion took place just two days prior. Residents in the nearby area were evacuated, sheriff’s cars blocked off the highway and an explosive material detection robot was deployed to search the vehicle.
“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 and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are working together in the ongoing investigation,” the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Sunday detailing the incident.
As of 4:40 p.m. local time, the highway reopened after having been closed down over the suspicious vehicle search since about 11 a.m.
No explosives were found in the suspicious truck that shut down Highway 231 South Sunday in Tennessee, authorities announced around 4 p.m. local time following hours of searching the vehicle with machines as sheriff’s deputies closed off the road.
Authorities confirmed to the Associated Press Sunday that the box truck was playing similar audio to what the RV was broadcasting before it exploded.
Live news feeds and local news reporters said the white box truck was playing an “evacuation message” from a loudspeaker, which was similar to the audio played by the RV in Nashville on Christmas morning. There is no direct connection between the two incidents.
Highway 231 southbound out of the Cedars of Lebanon State Park entrance remains shut down due to the suspicious vehicle, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday afternoon at 1:29 p.m. local time.
“Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route,” the department’s official Twitter account urged.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office announced that the truck was playing the audio around 10:30 a.m. local time at the Crossroads Market in Walter Hill. The person in the vehicle drove the truck out of the parking lot and was then pulled over by deputies in nearby Wilson County.
Newsweek has reached out to both local sheriff’s offices for additional details Sunday afternoon.
This story was updated with additional information at 5:43 ET.