Nashville Intentional Explosion From Parked RV
A parked RV exploded in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on Christmas morning. Several buildings were damaged. You can see videos and photos throughout this article.
“MNPD, FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF investigating the 6:30 a.m. explosion on 2nd Ave North linked to a vehicle. This appears to have been an intentional act. Law enforcement is closing downtown streets as investigation continues, ”police wrote on their Facebook page. Police released this photo:
Don Aaron with Metro police also told WKRN-TV that it appears the RV explosion “was an intentional act.”
“An explosion linked to a vehicle occurred at 6:30 this morning outside 166 2nd Ave N downtown. Investigation active by MNPD & federal partners, ”Metro Nashville Police confirmed in their first statement on the explosion. Police haven’t released additional details, including any suspect, motive, or injuries.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper said in a news conference, “As for the explosion, we’ve got great people working on it, and we’ll get to the bottom of it. It seems intentional, but I think it’s just a one-off event, and people should not be concerned about it. But in a year that has had everything else, let’s add an explosion to it. ”
This dramatic video circulated showing the damage after the explosion.
“These are pictures from 2nd Avenue south. Windows were broken out from explosion area to Broadway. Please AVOID this area! Media staging is at 2nd Avenue south and KVB, ”the Nashville Fire Department wrote. Debris filled the street.
Oh my god! This video from downtown #Nashville of the explosion!!!
This is from Buck McCoy on Facebook! pic.twitter.com/xA1J8AgyGc
— Ryan Graney👩🏻🦰 (@RyanEGraney) December 25, 2020
WKRN had earlier reported that Foul play was not storage. That report came to WKRN-TV from the Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management but was contradicted by the police official’s later statement that it appears intentional.
These are pictures from 2nd Avenue south. Windows were broken out from explosion area to Broadway. Please AVOID this area! Media staging is at 2nd Avenue south and KVB. pic.twitter.com/tocdpHWFgj
— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) December 25, 2020
Another journalist reported that the police bomb squad was making sure there weren’t car bombs in the area. NewsChannel5 reported that federal authorities were helping investigate. It’s not clear what ignited the explosion, but there was a fairly large blast zone.
This video shows a guy who was walking his dog and who the police told to turn around after they were responding to a shots fired call.
— Meaghan Thomas (@megtomwx) December 25, 2020
A WKRN journalist, speaking in the second video down in this story, reported speaking to a man in the area who reported hearing what sounded like multiple gunshots. It’s not clear whether they really were gunshots, however.
JUST IN: Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management district chief said a parked RV exploded and caused damage to several buildings. No injures reported. Metro crews are working to assess damage. This is near 2nd/Commerce. #NashvilleExplosion @WKRN https://t.co/G2jOCcDeBK pic.twitter.com/MUCh6cy4bq
— Nickelle Smith (@NickelleReports) December 25, 2020
Phil Williams, a reporter with NC5, wrote, “Explosion in downtown Nashville, apparently from parked vehicle on 2nd Ave. Fire department personnel being told to pull back two blocks from explosion site, concerned about potential vehicle bombs. Police bomb squad and fire hazmat team on scene.
BREAKING: Explosion in downtown Nashville, apparently from parked vehicle on 2nd Ave. Fire department personnel being told to pull back two blocks from explosion site, concerned about potential vehicle bombs. Police bomb squad and fire hazmat team on scene.
— Phil Williams (@NC5PhilWilliams) December 25, 2020
Mayor Cooper tweeted, “At 6:32 Christmas morning, @MNPDNashville and @NashvilleFD responded to the scene of an explosion on 2nd Ave, approximately one block north of Broadway. Metro Police confirm the source of the explosion came from a vehicle. 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. ”
Police closed a 10-block radius of the Tennessee city’s downtown, according to WSMV-TV.
— shamillion (@HoltShameica) December 25, 2020
Williams added, “Per scanners, Metro Police have identified an extended debris field that stretches up 2nd Ave to the old Metro Courthouse. This is about two city blocks. Nashville fire crews being told to back up ANOTHER two blocks from site of explosion in downtown area. Concerns: possible vehicle bombs left in area, potential radiation. All of this is PRECAUTIONARY at this point. Nashville police and fire setting up radiation monitors to assess situation in downtown area near explosion site. This is all precautionary at this point. ”
Did anyone else in downtown #nashville hear that massive explosive boom at 6:25? What the heck was that? Shook our building.
— Jeremy Schott (@thejeremyschott) December 25, 2020
According to WKRN-TV, the explosion occurred in the area of Second Avenue and Broadway near Commerce Street around 6:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.
— Larice (@LariceLu) December 25, 2020
— ur’sGirivsk (@girivsk) December 25, 2020
Photos and videos show the damage. Smoke and flames were visible.
— Pat Ryan (@patryanreport) December 25, 2020
On social media, people expressed concern. “It’s weird that a RV out of all vehicles is just parked casually downtown, we have a Rv and it’s certainly never been parked down town,” wrote one woman. Others raised concern that the explosion could be purposeful because it occurred on a Christian holiday.
A man who lives a block away from the explosion wrote, “It shook my whole building and blew out some windows.”
WATCH: Fox News is showing live helicopter footage of the aftermath of a shocking Christmas Day explosion in Nashville which has been described as an “intentional act” #nashvilleexplosion pic.twitter.com/QoDxbdr8hS
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) December 25, 2020
— Julie Hinton (@Julie_Hinton) December 25, 2020