Authorities investigating ‘intentional’ explosion in downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE: 2:55 P.M.

Flights out of Nashville have temporarily halted, due to today’s explosion in Downtown Nashville, the Nashville International Airport said.


UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

Metro Nashville Police have released this image of the RV they said exploded in Nashville this morning.

Nashville Police ask that if you have any information about this vehicle that you call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or online via fbi.gov/nashville.

RELATED: Police say the RV played a recorded message before it exploded.

UPDATE 1 p.m.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. shared the following statement from its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Colin Reed, following the explosion on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville:

“I want to express our deep concern for the individuals and business owners who have been impacted by the early morning explosion in downtown Nashville. We are thankful that, as of now, no major injuries have been reported. An initial assessment of our downtown properties revealed no damage at the Ryman Auditorium and Ole Red Nashville and minor damage to the Wildhorse Saloon. We do not anticipate any long-term business interruptions due to this incident. The Wildhorse Saloon is currently closed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We are in contact with our operator and local authorities and will conduct a full inspection of the Wildhorse Saloon as soon as we are cleared to do so. Our Gaylord Opryland and Grand Ole Opry complexes are outside of the downtown area and were not impacted by the explosion.

I want to thank our local, state, and federal authorities for their diligence as they work to conduct a thorough investigation while also ensuring safety in the downtown area in the days ahead. Nashville is a strong and resilient community, and we will get through this together.”


UPDATE 12 p.m.

The FBI has set up a digital tip line for anyone with information about the explosion in Nashville.

Click here to submit a tip.

Those who prefer to call can send in a tip by dialing 1-800-CALL-FBI.

UPDATE 10:47 a.m.

Statement from White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere on Nashville explosion:

“President Trump has been briefed on the explosion in Nashville, Tennessee, and will continue to receive regular updates. The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured.”

Statement from State Rep. Antonio Parkinson:

Please keep the city of Nashville in prayer. Pray for our first responders and those affected by this morning’s intentional act of violence. We will not be deterred by the sick, repulsive and selfish acts of terrorists whether internal or external. I pray that this administration does something other than to encourage this violent behavior. I pray even more that the next administration strikes with force to eliminate those that would try to intimidate the American people thought the use of such actions.

UPDATE 9 a.m.

Authorities say this morning’s explosion in Nashville was an ‘intentional act,’ according to the Associated Press.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee also said the explosion is believed to be an intentional act.

“Federal, state and local law enforcement partners are on the scene to investigate what we believe was an intentional act,” Lee said on social media. We will supply all of the resources needed to determine what happened and who was responsible.”

7 a.m.

Emergency crews responded to reports of an explosion in downtown Nashville this morning, according to WZTV.

The explosion was reported around 5:40 a.m. at 166 2nd Avenue N.

There are multiple businesses in the area.

The Nashville Fire Department and Metro Police are on the scene, according to WZTV.

Smoke could be seen billowing from buildings downtown.

A recreational vehicle exploded, causing fire and damage to multiple buildings, according to WKRN.

FOX13 is working to learn more about this developing story.