Officials believe that a Christmas morning explosion in downtown Nashville was an intentional act, according to Don Aaron
Public Affairs Manager, Metro Nashville Police Department (CNN).
Police, firefighters and paramedics responded about 6:30 a.m. Friday, December 25, 2020 to an explosion in front of 166 2nd Ave N in downtown Nashville. Metro Nashville Police Department is investigating the explosion with federal partners, including the FBI and ATF. The explosion initially appears to be an intentional act, according to police. The explosion was near the 33-story AT&T building, also known as the Batman Building, at 333 Commerce Street.
Three or four people initially were reported injured. Three people confirmed to have been transported by paramedics to hospital, where their injuries are not described as critical.
Significant destruction in the area. In a video by Buck McCoy posted to Facebook, he apparently shows the view from his apartment — showing damage inside his apartment and outside in the street. Outside trees are knocked down at the base of the trunk, a vehicle is burning, and debris covers the street. Inside, microwave and cabinet doors are blown open, and a bathroom mirror affixed to the drywall is knocked off the wall without shattering. Water pipes are broken and leaking water from above, and paint and drywall is stripped from some parts of walls.
Some communications services have been disrupted.
Police were in the area investigating a shots fired call, and noticed a Recreational Vehicle (RV) that was suspicious for some reason. The Nashville police bomb squad was called to the scene to investigate just before the explosion. One police officer was knocked to the ground, and that police officer or another police officer temporarily lost their sense of hearing. There is also a report that police were called out to investigate a suspicious vehicle — the RV. Police redirected a man, walking his dog, away from the scene to safety just before the explosion occurred.
Announced about 10:00 a.m. Friday: The next press conference will be at 12 noon Central Time.
Law enforcement is investigating an explosion of an RV that may be ‘linked to a vehicle,’ under investigation by police and federal officials (Fox News).
The FBI will be taking the lead on Nashville explosion investigation. Police say they are looking at cameras from the downtown area.
Buck McCoy videos …
(Buck McCoy is a musician and entertainer (in Nashville and Los Angeles) who was in the area at the time of the explosion.)
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 investigation continues. pic.twitter.com/YOfMTaKmTH
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
Explosion rocks downtown Nashville on Christmas Day https://t.co/auKWYyXSUI
— 360MediaX (@360mediaX) December 25, 2020
Police and fire officials are investigating an explosion in Nashville, Tennessee https://t.co/2hpMoQmCPq
— CNN (@CNN) December 25, 2020
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