Nashville Christmas explosion damages buildings downtown

Smoke rises from downtown after an explosion in the area of Second and Commerce Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE – An explosion was reported in downtown Nashville early Christmas morning that was felt for miles.

Police and firefighters responded to an area near Second Avenue and Commerce Street about 6:45 a.m. Friday. Officials are on the scene trying to put out the fire and see if anyone is inside the building.

The fire department confirmed a bomb squad was on the scene with an active investigation by Metro police and federal agenices.  It sent out a tweet asking residents and others to avoid the area.

Police said the incident was linked to a vehicle parked outside a Melting Pot restaurant and investigators said an RV was involved.

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