Police in Nashville, Tennessee believe that a massive Christmas morning explosion in the city “was an intentional act.” The blast destroyed buildings and vehicles, and filled downtown Nashville with smoke and fire.
The explosion occurred at around 6:30am local time near Second Avenue, according to city police. It is believed to have emanated from an RV or similar vehicle. Bomb disposal units soon arrived on the scene, and as police and federal agents began an investigation, a police spokesman told reporters that the blast “was an intentional act.”
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
Three people were transported to hospital following the explosion, but none of their injuries have been reported as critical.
However, the blast devastated a large stretch of Second Avenue, destroying the facades of buildings, smashing windows, setting vehicles on fire, and spewing thick black smoke into the air.
— RT (@RT_com) December 25, 2020
Firefighters have asked the public to stay at least two blocks from the blast site as a precaution in the event of further explosions. Around 30 people have reportedly been evacuated.
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