A large blast rocked Nashville, Tennessee early on Christmas morning, with footage of billowing black smoke and destruction spreading on social media.

UPDATE: Nashville explosion was ‘an intentional act’ – police

The explosion occurred at around 6:30am local time near Second Avenue, according to city police. A parked RV exploded, the city’s Office of Emergency Management told local media.

Nashville PD has concluded that the explosion “appears to have been an intentional act.”

An explosion linked to a vehicle occurred at 6:30 this morning outside 166 2nd Ave N downtown. Investigation active by MNPD & federal partners.

MNPD, FBI & ATF investigating the 6:30 a.m. explosion on 2nd Ave N linked to a vehicle. This appears to have been an intentional act. Law enforcement is closing downtown streets as investigation continues.

Three people have reportedly been hospitalized with injuries, while around 30 have been evacuated.

Video of the explosion in downtown #Nashville. Via Buck McCoy Facebook

Footage uploaded to social media in the wake of the incident appears to show the aftermath of the explosion.

Huge explosion in Downtown Nashville around

It depicts destroyed property, damaged buildings, and several cars that caught fire on the street. 

You think maybe channels 4, 5 and 17 should be covering something has blown out 2nd Ave?RT @RyanEGraney: Oh my god! This video from downtown #Nashville of the explosion!!! This is from Buck McCoy on Facebook!

Thick black clouds of smoke have been rising from the blast site, which can be seen from around the city.

2nd Ave N in Nashville TN , stay away from downtown

Nashville police and fire department are currently on site, combatting the flames and assessing the situation.

Footage from the scene on 2nd Ave North as multiple agencies continue to work and investigate an explosion from earlier this morning.

Local authorities are launching an investigation, while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI are also looking into the incident. 

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