A parked car exploded in downtown Nashville and sent 3 people to a hospital in an incident authorities say was ‘intentional’

Nashville Explosion
Smoke billows from the site of an explosion in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning.

  • A car has exploded in downtown Nashville, according to local reports.
  • Buildings are damaged, and three people have been taken to hospitals. There are no reports of critical injuries yet.
  • Local authorities told CNN that they believe the act was done intentionally.
  • A video circulating online appears to show a recording telling people to leave the area just before the explosion set off.
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Local emergency services were dispatched after a huge explosion in downtown Nashville early on Christmas morning, damaging buildings and blowing out windows

CNN reported that authorities said they believe the incident was done intentionally.

“We do believe this to have been an intentional act,” Don Aaron, a spokesperson with the Metro Nashville Police Department, told CNN. “Significant damage has been done to the infrastructure there on 2nd Avenue North.”

At least three people have been transported to hospitals, CNN reported. There aren’t yet any reports of critical injuries, a representative of the Nashville fire department told CNN.

The explosion came from a parked recreational car, ABC News reported. Emergency crews are attempting to determine the cause of the explosion. One local business owner told The Tennessean that the RV had been there since at least Thursday night.

Chief John Drake of the Metro Nashville Police Department told a local Fox News affiliate that the area was immediately evacuated after one officer noticed an RV playing a recording that warned people to leave the area. 

“All my windows, every single one of them got blown into the next room. If I had been standing there it would have been horrible,” Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, told the Associated Press.

Nashville Explosion
Plumes of smoke rise next to the Regions Building near the explosion reported in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning

“It felt like a bomb. It was that big,” he added. Local reports said the explosion could be heard from miles away.

Police say an explosion linked to a vehicle occurred outside a building on Second Avenue North. They have closed a 10-block radius around the explosion site.

Authorities are not aware of whether anyone was inside the vehicle. 

“We will find out who did this,” said agent Matt Foster at a Friday news conference. “This is our city too. We’re putting everything we have into finding who was responsible for what happened here today.”

Local and federal agencies, including the FBI, are investigating the incident, according to a press release from the Nashville Police Department. The area has been shut down to accommodate the investigation.

In a tweet shortly after the incident, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee expressed his condolences for those injured.

“We will supply all of the resources needed to determine what happened and who was responsible,” he said, adding he is “praying for those who were injured and we thank all of our first responders who acted so quickly this morning.”

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident and “will continue to receive regular updates,” said White House spokesperson Judd Deere. “The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured.”

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AT&T service is down in some areas following a car explosion, impacting some 911 lines

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Plumes of smoke rise next to the Regions Building near the explosion reported in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning

AT&T users near Nashville are currently experiencing some outages after facilities were damaged in a car explosion.

Early Christmas morning, a large explosion in Nashville’s downtown sent at last three people to the hospital and damaged nearby buildings. Authorities believe that the explosion was “an intentional act,” according to CNN.

Don Aaron, a spokesperson with the Metro Nashville Police Department, also told CNN that there was a “significant damage” to infrastructure in the area.

The car exploded in front of an AT&T transmission building in Nashville, according to a press release from the FBI and local authorities. AT&T users are now experiencing phone and internet outages in some areas near Nashville. DownDetector shows that Nashville, Atlanta, and Chattanooga are among the areas with the most outage reports.

“Service for some customers in Nashville and the surrounding areas may be affected by damage to our facilities from the explosion this morning. We are in contact with law enforcement and working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service,” Jim Greer, AVP for AT&T corporate communications, wrote in a statement to Insider.

Those outages are hitting some 911 emergency lines. In Tennessee, the Murfreesboro police department tweeted that “Murfreesboro’s 911 lines, and non-emergency lines, are currently down.”

Police in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, also tweeted out that their “911 and Non-Emergency Lines are down, which is likely related to a widespread outage on 12/25/2020 caused by the Downtown Nashville explosion.”

The police department in La Vergne, Tennessee also said that their emergency lines were down due to the outage.

The Tennessean has been keeping a list of impacted areas and alternate numbers.

It’s still unclear if anyone was inside the car at the time of the explosion. The Tennessean reported that the blast could be heard miles away. The FBI and local authorities have said that they are investigating the incident and had restricted vehicle and pedestrian travel in the area.

Prior to the explosion, the RV reportedly issued a warning to those in the area, the Tennessean reported. It began a 15-minute countdown after proclaiming: “Evacuate now. There is a bomb. A bomb is in this vehicle and will explode.” 

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Parked car explodes in downtown Nashville blowing out windows, but no injuries reported: local reports

Nashville Explosion
Smoke billows from the site of an explosion in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning.

  • A car has exploded in downtown Nashville, according to local reports.
  • Buildings are damaged, but no injuries reported.
  • “It felt like a bomb. It was that big,” a local resident told the Associated Press.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Local emergency services were dispatched after a huge explosion in downtown Nashville, according to local news services.

A loud boom was heard early on Christmas morning, reports said, damaging buildings and blowing out windows.

No injuries have been reported.

The explosion came from a parked recreational car, ABC News reported, saying that emergency crews are attempting to determine the cause of the explosion.

“All my windows, every single one of them got blown into the next room. If I had been standing there it would have been horrible,” Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, told The Associated Press.

Nashville Explosion
Plumes of smoke rise next to the Regions Building near the explosion reported in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning

“It felt like a bomb. It was that big,” he added.

Police say an explosion linked to a vehicle occurred outside a building on Second Avenue North. They have closed a 10-block radius around the explosion site.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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