By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department (Information and Press Releases):
Downtown Nashville, Tennessee: A recreational vehicle exploded early Christmas morning in the area of Second Avenue and Broadway near Commerce Street.
Authorities are saying that at approximately 5:30 a.m. CT on Friday, December 25th, 2020, officers responded to a call of shots fired call on 2nd Avenue.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s Hazardous Devices Unit was called to check the RV.
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As those officers were en route, a large explosion occurred at around 6:30 a.m. CT.
Initial reports that a vehicle exploded outside an AT&T transmission building.
Multiple buildings on 2nd Avenue were damaged, some extensively as heavy black smoke could be seen rising above the affected area.
Footage from the scene on 2nd Ave North as multiple agencies continue to work and investigate an explosion from earlier this morning. pic.twitter.com/5g40RhwNNl
— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) December 25, 2020
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MNPD, FBI, and ATF are investigating the explosion of an RV outside 166 2nd Avenue North downtown.
The immediate downtown area has been sealed off.
Explosive detection dogs are conducting sweeps of the area for any other devices.
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron said they have no indication of a second device, they are sweeping the area out of an abundance of caution.
Nashville Fire Department’s Joseph Pleasant said three people had been transported to the hospital. None of the injuries at the time for those transported were said to be critical.
More information is still coming into ZachNews.