Bomb squad called to ‘explosion’ in city centre as ‘glass and steel everywhere’

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A bomb squad has descended on an explosion in a city centre – with "glass and steel" everywhere.

The blast occurred in Nashville, Tennessee, the US, around 5.40am local time morning, and caused "heavy structural damage" to a building on Second and Broadway, near Commerce Street.

A parked RV is believed to have caused the explosion, according to Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management district chief.

The building was “devastated” by the blast and vehicles on the adjacent road are on fire.

Around 20-30 people have been evacuated, and there are believed to be five casualties.

Police officers believe there may be additional bombs in other vehicles, and have told personnel to keep their distance downtown.

Residents reported feeling shaking in the area during the explosion.

Nashville Fire Department confirmed in a statement: "There is an incident involving an explosion. This is an active scene.

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“Metro Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department are on the scene.”

TV anchor Josh Breslow tweeted: "The entire @WKRN studio just shook.

"Anyone else in Nashville just feel any weird shaking?"

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Singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope said: “Our house shook here in Nashville.

“Following the info on socials and the news but just praying nobody was hurt.”

Disturbing footage on social media shows debris scattered across the street and fires tearing through a building.

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