NASHVILLE, USA: The Metro Nashville The police department says authorities believe an explosion that shook the city center at the start of Christmas Day was a deliberate act.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said about three hours after the blast rocked the area that investigators believe it was “intentional”. Police previously said they believe a vehicle was involved in the blast.
The blast linked to a vehicle shook downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, sending glass shards and debris over a large area and rocking nearby buildings.
The Nashville Subway Police Department said via Twitter that the blast occurred at 6:30 am on Friday and that state and federal authorities were on site, as were emergency teams, including firefighters.
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.
The Nashville Subway Emergency Management Bureau told Nashville TV Station WKRN that a parked recreational vehicle exploded and damaged several buildings. No injuries were immediately reported. Firefighters tweeted asking residents and others to avoid the area.
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 was blown away in 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.