Police: Explosion in Nashville on Christmas Morning Was Intentional

Posted: Dec 25, 2020 10:25 AM

UPDATE II: An image of the RV has been released. 

UPDATE: During a press conference Friday afternoon, authorities said warning to evacuate the area were coming from inside the RV before it exploded. They do not know if someone was in the RV at the time of detonation. 

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An RV exploded in downtown Nashville Friday morning and after an initial investigation, local police say it was intentional. Beforehand, police saved lives by moving people out of the area after responding to the suspicious vehicle. The building where the RV exploded has been hollowed out. Federal law enforcement is on the scene and the FBI has taken the lead. President Trump has been briefed on the situation. 

A witness explained the scene to the Associated Press

Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, posted videos on Facebook that show water pouring down the ceiling of his home. Alarms blare in the background and cries of people in great distress ring in the background. A fire is visible in the street outside. McCoy said the windows of his home were entirely blown out.

“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,” he said.

“It felt like a bomb. It was that big,” he told The Associated Press.

“There were about four cars on fire. I don’t know if it was so hot they just caught on fire, and the trees were all blown apart,” he said.

The explosion severely damaged surrounding buildings. At least three people were taken to a local hospital. 

This post has been updated with additional information.