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December 25, 2020

Christmas explosion in Nashville believed to be 'intentional act,' police say

Federal investigators probe holiday blast linked to parked vehicle

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The Christmas morning explosion took place around 6:30 outside 166 2nd Ave North, the Metro Nashville Police Department said. An investigation remains ongoing.

An explosion that rocked downtown Nashville early Friday morning has been linked to a parked car in what authorities suspect was an "intentional act," according to police.

Investigators said the explosion occurred around 6:30 a.m. outside a property located at 166 2nd Avenue North, near the city's hospitality and tourism district. The Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted the blast was "linked to a vehicle," which emergency management officials described as an RV, according to local TV station WKRN.

At least three people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals, according to The New York Times. No fatalities were reported early Friday.

"We do believe that the explosion was an intentional act," MNPD spokesman Don Aaron said during a press briefing. 

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Smoke billowed into the sky above downtown Nashville as multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies closed off a 10-block radius to investigate the scene.

About 20 buildings reportedly suffered glass damage, while debris could be seen across the street in photos and videos uploaded by area residents.

The scene remains active as authorities work to determine whether any other explosives may be in the area.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper tweeted Friday morning that additional updates will come from the Metro Nashville Police Department.