A powerful explosion rocked downtown Nashville early Christmas morning. Reports say a parked recreational vehicle exploded and caused damage to surrounding buildings.
According to local news WKRN, the explosion occurred at 6:30 am Friday around Second Avenue and Broadway near Commerce Street.
The Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management said a parked recreational vehicle “exploded and caused damage to several buildings.”
The explosion was so loud that some residents heard it “12 miles away.”
I have no idea what is going on but the explosion was loud enough to be heard and felt 12 miles away in my apartment. #Nashville
— Elsmeree (@Elsmeree1) December 25, 2020
NewsChannel 5’s Phil Williams said, “Fire department personnel being told to pull back two blocks from the 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
While authorities don’t suspect foul play, scenes from the explosion area look like a warzone.
“Major damage to buildings close to and around scene of huge explosion in #Nashville. Shards of glass and windows blown out hundreds of yards from 2nd Av,” one Twitter user said.
Here is the video:
— Jeremy Schott (@thejeremyschott) December 25, 2020