An explosion shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early on Christmas morning, shattering windows, damaging buildings and injuring three people. Authorities said they believe the explosion was intentional. The FBI is conducting the investigation.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said the 6:30 am blast was deemed “intentional”. Police previously said they believe a vehicle was involved in the blast. Aaron said three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, though none were in critical condition.
The FBI will take the lead in the investigation, spokesman Joel Siskovic said. Also present on the scene were federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The FBI is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes, such as explosives violations and acts of terrorism. Also present on the scene were investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Black smoke and flames were seen floating in early Friday from the area, which is filled with bars, restaurants, and other retail stores and is known as the heart of the downtown Nashville tourist scene.
Buildings shook in the immediate vicinity and beyond after a loud roar was heard.
Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, has posted videos on Facebook showing water running from the ceiling of his home. Alarms sound in the background and the shouts of people in great danger echo in the background. A fire is visible in the street outside. McCoy said the windows in his house were completely blank.
“All my windows, every one of them, have been pushed into the next room. If I had been there it would have been awful, “he said.
“It looked 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 that they caught fire and the trees were destroyed, “he said.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said on Twitter that the state would provide the necessary resources “to determine what happened and who was responsible. Join me and @MariaLeeTN in praying for those injured and we thank all of our first responders who acted so quickly this morning. “