Massive Explosion Linked To Vehicle Rocks Downtown Nashville On Christmas Morning

Residents of Nashville, Tenn. and surrounding areas awoke to a massive explosion on Christmas morning around 6:30 am local time….


Lauren Jo Black

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December 25, 2020


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Residents of Nashville, Tenn. and surrounding areas awoke to a massive explosion on Christmas morning around 6:30 am local time.

Authorities, including Metro Nashville Police and the Nashville Fire Department with a bomb squad, responded to an explosion on Second Ave. North and Commerce Street in downtown Nashville early Friday morning (Dec. 25). Metro Police confirmed that the explosion was related to a vehicle, however, no additional information is available at this time.

“An explosion linked to a vehicle occurred at 6:30 this morning outside 166 2nd Ave N downtown. Investigation active by MNPD & federal partners,” Metro Police shared on Twitter.

Residents of downtown took to social media to share photos and videos of the jarring scene. Social media coverage shows charred streets, busted windows and burning fires around the scene.

Damage is being reported around Second Ave and beyond, including the popular tourist stretch of Broadway.

According to Nashville’s News Channel 5, the explosion was felt up to 40 miles away. Nick Beres, a News Channel 5 reporter, says that Metro Police have now confirmed that they believe the explosion to be an “intentional act.” Beres also reports that Metro Police were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle and the vehicle exploded while they were en route.

Injuries are unknown at this time.

11:00 AM CT Update: Officials will host a press conference to provide additional information at Noon CT.

Fox 17 reports that Metro Nashville Police were able to conduct door-to-door checks prior to the explosion to evacuate people nearby.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.