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Reactions to downtown Nashville explosion

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Posted at 9:59 PM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 21:00:46-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — All eyes were on Nashville after a downtown explosion early Christmas morning rattled the city and left local businesses and residents devastated.

Government officials, celebrities and organizations shared their condolences and thoughts:

The White House released a statement:

“President Trump has been briefed on the explosion in Nashville, Tennessee, and will continue to receive regular updates. The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured.”

President-Elect Biden was also informed of the situation:

"President-elect Biden has been briefed on the explosion in Nashville, Tennessee. The president-elect and Dr. Biden thank all the first responders working today in response to the incident, and wish those who were injured a speedy recovery."

Mayor John Cooper walked through the scene on 2nd Avenue, sharing in a press conference that at least 41 businesses faced damage and three people were taken to the hospital. All are in stable condition. Cooper issued an emergency order Friday night, which includes a 4:30 p.m. curfew to last through Sunday.

Governor Bill Lee:

Senator Marsha Blackburn:

Senator Bill Hagerty:

Representative Jim Cooper:

State Senator Brenda Gilmore:

Metro Council member Freddie O'Connell:

Nashville Fire Department:

Nashville Electric Service:

The Tennessee Titans:

The Nashville Predators:

Nashville SC:

The Ryman Auditorium, which is located just three blocks from where the explosion occurred.

Singer Tim McGraw:

Band Old Dominion: