NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The bombing may have forever changed Christmas for people in Nashville, but the unforgettable morning also impacted people visiting.
The Gainey family was here for the holidays visiting one of their children and stayed in an Airbnb apartment on 2nd Avenue. They said unlike others, they were not evacuated before the bomb, and they did not hear the countdown.
Instead, the explosion woke them up and sent broken glass and debris flying around the apartment. The Gaineys' left everything behind as they evacuated.
Buddy Gainey said, "we stepped onto the street, I mean there was nothing, there was no front of the building at all, stepped onto the street and there was a car across the street completely engulfed in flames."
"It looked like a ghost town and it was like a literal nightmare, it was like a horror," added Buddy's daughter, Cayman.
The building's owner told the Gaineys' that building is condemned, meaning they cannot go back for their belongings. Not even their phones or licenses.