A car exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning in what police described as a “deliberate act.” Fire officials reported taking three people to hospital, but none of them were seriously injured.
Don Aaron, a Nashville Police spokesman, said: “The explosion was big, you see … the Police Department, and its federal partners – the FBI and ATF – are conducting a large-scale investigation up to this point.” The explosion was a deliberate act. “
Police did not reveal the motives for the explosion.
People felt the explosion nine streets away, destroyed many other vehicles, damaged many buildings, and released black smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.
Andrew McCabe, a former deputy director of the FBI, told CNN that an explosion of this magnitude would be investigated as a possible act of terrorism. He said it was possible that the police were the target of the explosions, as they were responding to a report about a suspicious car when it exploded.
Authorities were on their way to the scene just after 6 a.m. before the explosion occurred in a recreational vehicle parked near a bank building in the heart of Nashville, the capital of Tennessee and US country music.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper has urged people to stay away from the downtown area, as police and federal authorities begin their investigations.
“There were trees everywhere, and glass everywhere,” Nashville resident Buck McCoy told CNN.
In an interview with CNN, McCabe said it was not clear if the timing of Christmas Day was taken into account in the explosion. He said that investigators would look into whether any buildings in the area were targeted.