Nashville Christmas Morning Blast an ‘Intentional Act’

The vehicle used in the attack broadcast a message warning of a pending explosion.

Firefighters and police respond to a massive Friday morning explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

By The Stream Published on December 25, 2020

Terror struck Music City Christmas morning.

A recreational vehicle exploded Christmas morning in downtown Nashville. The blast occurred at around 6:30 a.m. local time on Friday, according to WTVF-TV Metropolitan Nashville Police and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee say it was an “intentional act.”

The massive blast left debris in the streets for blocks around 2nd Avenue and Commerce Street, an area popular with tourists. Several buildings are damaged. Three people were injured. , according to WTVF, but thankfully, even miraculously, none are being called life threatening.

Before the blast, the vehicle in question broadcast a warning via loudspeakers: “All buildings in this area must be evacuated now. If you can hear this message, evacuate now.” Police were able to get nearby residents out of harms way.

In this video, you can hear the broadcast and witnesses the blinding blast. 

The Metro Nashville PD tweeted out an image of the RV and is asking the public’s help in providing more information. 

Gov. Lee says local, state and federal authorities, including ATF and FBI, are on the scene. A large area of downtown Nashville has been closed off to traffic and pedestrians as the investigation continues.

Please join The Stream in praying for the citizens and first responders of Nashville, a quick recovery for those injured, and that the culprits will swiftly be brought to justice.


This story will be updated. The Stream’s Tom Sileo contributed to this story.

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