THE shocking moment a bomb detonated in Nashville leading to an FBI probe of the “intentional” explosion inside a suspicious RV that injured three people has been caught on camera.
According to reports, investigators believe that the Friday morning explosion was an “intentional act.”
Video captured the moments before the explosionCredit: @RexChapman
The blast was caught on cameraCredit: @RexChapman
Vehicles were destroyedCredit: News Channel 5
A law enforcement member walks past damage from the explosionCredit: AP:Associated Press
The explosion happened near Commerce StreetCredit: Metro Nashville PD
Roughly 30 people were evacuatedCredit: AP:Associated Press
Nashville police said: “This appears to have been an intentional act. Law enforcement is closing downtown streets as investigation continues.”
The police were initially responding to reports of shots being fired, investigators said.
One resident, Bryan Norwood, told Forbes that he heard: “The first time it was 3 shots, the second time it was 5 shots, the third round it was probably about 10 or 15 shots.”
Cops also responded to reports of a recording coming from an RV that said “a potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes.”
The explosion caused damage to buildingsCredit: AFP or licensors
Debris filled the street following the blastCredit: AFP or licensors
Emergency personnel work near the sceneCredit: AP:Associated Press
This led to officers evacuating surrounding buildings before the vehicle exploded – knocking one officer to the ground.
“The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured.”
Cops were reportedly en route to the suspicious vehicle when it exploded.
Roughly 30 people were evacuated from upper lofts on Second and Broadway near Commerce Street in Tennessee.
The bomb squad is now requesting the fire department to put out small fires so that they can investigate what has happened.
The explosion took place at roughly 5.40amCredit: AP:Associated Press
A bomb squad is now involvedCredit: AP:Associated Press
A K-9 team were also on the sceneCredit: AP:Associated Press
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is sending agents and an Accelerant Detection K9 have also been sent to help investigate.
Special operations confirmed that they have received information that there could be additional devices in vehicles.
People have been advised to steer clear of vehicles in the downtown area.
The explosion led one building to collapse, and vehicles on the road have reportedly caught on fire.
Downtown windows are broken following an explosion in the areaCredit: AP:Associated Press
Smoke was billowing from the buildingsCredit: AP:Associated Press
Emergency personnel stand near the sceneCredit: AP:Associated Press
Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after the loud boom.
The blast caused “heavy structural damage” and glass and steel to shatter “everywhere,” according to Nashville Fire radio traffic.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, although none were in critical condition.
The incident occurred at around 5.40am and heavy black smoke was seen rising from the area, WKRN reported.
“There is an incident involving an explosion. This is an active scene,” the Nashville Fire Department said in a statement.
The blast happened in Nashville, TennesseeCredit: WKRN
The explosion happened on Christmas DayCredit: google maps
Firefighters were at the scene on Christmas DayCredit: Nashville Fire Department
“Metro Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department are on the scene. There are no additional details to provide at this time.”
Michael Knight, a spokesman for the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said: “Right now, it’s a public safety concern, to make sure everybody is accounted for and to make sure the spread of the fire doesn’t go any further.”
Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, posted videos on Facebook that show water pouring down the ceiling of his home.
Alarms blare in the background and cries of people in great distress ring in the background. A fire is visible in the street outside. McCoy said the windows of his home were entirely blown out.
“All my windows, every single one of them got blown into the next room. If I had been standing there it would have been horrible,” he said.
“It felt 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 they just caught on fire, and the trees were all blown apart,” he said.
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