Nashville looks like a blast site…
The early-morning explosion that ripped through downtown Nashville on Friday, wounded at least three people, shattered windows and damaged buildings.
Authorities believe the explosion was “an intentional act.”
Police responded to reports of shots fired in the area at about 5:30 a.m. CT, when they encountered a recreational vehicle parked in front of the downtown AT&T building.
The Nashville police department says a recording believed to be coming from the RV warned that a potential bomb would be detonated within 15 minutes and that those in the area should evacuate.
Police requested a bomb squad to respond, and had begun evacuating the area when the RV exploded at 6:30 a.m. local time.
The blast was felt for miles.
Now this is actually the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning. It arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m.
This chilling video shows the exact moment the bomb explodes in Nashville after loudspeaker warns people to evacuate.
So chilling, isn’t it?
One officer was knocked to the ground by the impact and another suffered hearing loss. At least three people were transported to hospitals with non-critical injuries. One of them was the officer knocked to the ground.
The explosion occurred in an area packed with bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. Due to the holiday, the streets were largely vacant at the time of the explosion. Any other morning, it would have been a much worse story.
Investigators do not believe there are further threats but are conducting productive sweeps with canine units.
Much of downtown Nashville is sealed off. The Nashville Fire Department evacuated the downtown riverfront, and later responded to a building that reportedly caught fire.
The FBI is now leading the investigation, working with local police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
We will supply all of the resources needed to determine what happened and who was responsible. Please join @MariaLeeTN and me in praying for those who were injured and we thank all of our first responders who acted so quickly this morning.— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) December 25, 2020
Investigators said they are gathering leads and evidence from the scene, including from street and building security camera footage. They offered no motive for the explosion.
What is going on in America right now? Is this Nashville explosion linked to the political unrests currently hitting the country? Is it another maneuver to destabilize the system and escalate the violence? More Nashville news on NPR, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.