UPDATE: CBS News:
Nashville Police Chief John Drake said officers had received a call of “shots fired” in the area of Second Avenue near Commerce Street at about 5:30 a.m.
“As officers responded, they encountered an RV that had a recording saying a that potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes. Officers, upon hearing that, decided to evacuate the buildings nearby, so they began knocking on doors, making announcements … to get people safe.”
“Shortly after that, the RV exploded,” Drake said.
UPDATES: President Trump has been briefed and the FBI is leading the investigation. Flights temporarily halted.
A recreational vehicle exploded in downtown Nashville, Tenn., early Christmas morning in what the Metro Nashville Police Department is calling an “intentional act.”
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
More from ABC News:
Crews are attempting to determine the cause of the explosion, which took place around 6:30 a.m., blowing out the windows of nearby buildings.
Three people were transported. No significant injuries have been reported.
The debris field extends for at least a few blocks. Streets around the exploded vehicle are being closed down.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding.
Here are some more pictures from the Nashville Fire Department:
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