Explosion In Downtown Nashville Believed To Be An 'Intentional Act'
By Blake Taylor
December 25, 2020
Nashville authorities believe an explosion that occurred in downtown Nashville early Christmas morning was an "intentional act," sparked by a vehicle.
Police responded to reports of shots fired near Second Avenue and Commerce Street before 6 a.m., the Tennessean reports. Upon arrival, they noticed a suspicious vehicle outside a nearby AT&T building. Officers alerted the department's bomb squad, which was en route when a "significant explosion" occurred around 6:30 a.m., police spokesman Don Aaron said.
"We do believe this to have been an intentional act," Aaron said. "Significant damage has been done to the infrastructure there on 2nd Avenue North."
Three people were hospitalized with injuries, though none were in critical condition, according to Nashville Fire spokesperson Joseph Pleasant. The force of the explosion caused damage to nearby buildings and shattered windows in the area.
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 PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said on Twitter that the state would provide resources necessary "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."
The FBI will be taking the lead in the investigation, said spokesman Joel Siskovic. The FBI is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes, such as explosives violations and acts of terrorism. Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also on the scene.
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
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
Photo: Metro Nashville PD