Internet, wireless down hours after Nashville explosion

Widespread 911 issues in the Nashville area were reported after AT&T wireless and internet service were disrupted on Friday hours following a massive explosion downtown.

AT&T internet and phone service were disrupted in the area about 12 p.m. Friday. The outages continued into the evening. 

Users around the country reported disruptions in service, but there was a concentration in the Nashville area and Middle Tennessee, growing in reach from Kentucky to Alabama as more reports came in.

911 access, flights grounded

A handful of local police departments reported the outage was disrupting 911 access, including some non-emergency lines, in their jurisdictions. Most took to social media to share landlines and alternate access numbers where residents could seek emergency assistance.

Rutherford County locations, including the Sheriff’s Office and Smyrna Police reported 911 coming back online around 7:10 p.m. Officials said there remained issues with getting the names and location of callers through the 911 system.

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