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The mostly abandoned streets of downtown Nashville in the United States were rocked by an explosion early Christmas morning, smashing windows, destroying buildings and injuring three people.
Authorities suspect the explosion was intentional, and the investigation is being conducted by the FBI.
At 6:30 a.m., police spokesman Don Aaron said, A “deliberate act” was probably a blast. Earlier, police said they suspected a car was involved in the blast.
Mr. Aaron said three people, while none were in critical condition, were taken to the hospital for treatment.
In the investigation, the FBI will take the lead, spokesman Joel Siskovic said.
Also at the scene were federal agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Weapons and Explosives Bureau.
The FBI is the largest law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes, including violations of weapons and terrorist attacks.
Black smoke and flames were seen in the area, which is filled with bars, restaurants and other retail businesses and is known as the heart of the tourist scene in downtown Nashville.
Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud bang was heard.
The Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management told television station WKRN that a parked vehicle exploded, damaging several buildings.
Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, posted videos on Facebook showing water pouring from the ceiling of his home.
Alarms sound in the background and the screams of people in distress. Outside on the street, a fire can be seen.
Mr. McCoy said the windows of his house were completely blown out.
“All my windows, every single one, were blown out into the next room. If I had been standing there, it would have been horrible,” he said.
“It felt like a bomb, that’s how big it was,” he told The Associated Press.
“There were about four cars on fire. I don’t know if it was so hot that they just caught fire, and the trees were all blown away,” he said.