Breaking News – Massive Explosion In Nashville, Police Say It was Intentional
An RV exploded in downtown Nashville Friday morning and after an investigation, local police say it was intentional. Federal law enforcement is on the scene.
MNPD, FBI & ATF investigating the 6:30 a.m. explosion on 2nd Ave N linked to a vehicle. This appears to have been an intentional act. Law enforcement is closing downtown streets as the investigation continues. pic.twitter.com/YOfMTaKmTH— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
An explosion linked to a vehicle occurred at 6:30 this morning outside 166 2nd Ave N downtown. Investigation is active by MNPD & federal partners.— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
BREAKING: .@ATFNashville is on scene of the explosion/fire incident in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Follow our partners @MNPDNashville for updates. pic.twitter.com/pGEpXj70Gl— ATF Nashville (@ATFNashville) December 25, 2020
A witness explained the scene to the Associated Press.
Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, posted videos on Facebook that show water pouring down the ceiling of his home. Alarms blare in the background and cries of people in great distress ring in the background. A fire is visible in the street outside. McCoy said the windows of his home were entirely blown out.
“All my windows, every single one of them got blown into the next room. If I had been standing there it would have been horrible,” he said.
“It felt like a bomb. It was that big,” he told The Associated Press.
“There were about four cars on fire. I don’t know if it was so hot they just caught on fire, and the trees were all blown apart,” he said.
Yihyun Jeong and Brinley Hineman, Nashville TennesseanFri, December 25, 2020, 10:19 AM CST
NASHVILLE – Authorities believe an explosion that occurred in downtown early Christmas morning and was felt for miles was an “intentional act” sparked by a vehicle.
Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked outside the AT&T building just before 6 a.m. Upon arrival, police said an officer “had reason” to alert the department’s hazardous devices unit, which was en route, when a “significant explosion” happened.
Three people were hospitalized with injuries, police said. At least 20 buildings were damaged, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said.
Police and firefighters responded to an area near Second Avenue and Commerce Street about 6:45 a.m. Friday.
The fire department confirmed a bomb squad was on the scene with an active investigation by Metro police and federal agencies. The department asked residents and others to avoid the area.
The sound of the explosion could be heard from miles away, and people reported windows shaking from South and East Nashville.
Gov. Bill Lee said in a statement that the state would provide needed resources to determine what happened and who was responsible.
Cooper said he toured the damage, describing broken glass and water mains with insulation “blown up” into the trees.
“It looks like a bomb went off,” he said. The downtown area will be “sealed off” for further investigation and to make sure everything is “completely safe,” he said.
“One more event in Nashville’s 2020,” Cooper said.
Images and videos taken in the area showed flames and smoke. Alarms inside several buildings were heard going off, and water poured into some buildings, causing structural damage and broken windows. Debris and shattered glass were seen flying over a wide area.
Trees lining Second Avenue were blackened from the incident.
The explosion damaged surrounding buildings. At least three people were taken to a local hospital, but are not in critical condition.
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