December 25, 2020
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.
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
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.
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.
Explosion 2nd Ave N Nashville pic.twitter.com/qhifSTMYSh— James Green (@babeteamgreen) December 25, 2020
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.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation with help from federal authorities. MNPD will share updates as they become available and is restricting downtown traffic. Be safe Nashville. Thank you to our emergency personnel for your quick response.— Mayor John Cooper (@JohnCooper4Nash) December 25, 2020