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Updates on the 2nd Ave. explosion

An explosion early on Christmas morning has the city reeling. Here's the latest information on the response to the disaster.

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Second Avenue explosion update

Early on Christmas morning, an apparent suicide bomb rocked downtown Nashville, causing damage in the area near 2nd Avenue and Commerce Street. Investigators and utility workers continue to work in the area. At this time, officials ask that people steer clear of the area unless they have permission. Volunteers supporting multiple efforts to support survivors. As new shifts are available, they'll be posted to the "Browse Second Avenue explosion-related projects" link below. We're also posting resources and other updates on our blog. Thank you for continuing to be #NashvilleStrong.

How to help now

Projects related to recovery from the Second Avenue explosion
will continue to be posted at the link below as they become available. 

Browse Second Avenue explosion-related projects

Browse all disaster-related volunteer opportunities

Want to help with recovery efforts for future disasters? Update your account so that
you're designated as a disaster volunteer.   

Mark your account as a disaster volunteer account


How to get help now

Immediate and long-term assistance is available to individuals, families, and businesses affected by the devastation,
funded by a grant from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

Apply for assistance


Where to donate now

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has partnered with NewsChannel 5
to establish a fund for survivors and businesses in the area affected by the blast.  

Donate to the CFMT fund for blast survivors

The Community Resource Center provides immediate assistance
to survivors through food and essential item donations.

Donate to the Community Resource Center

Hands On Nashville recruits and manages volunteers who help with cleanup and
other essential services in the aftermath of disaster.

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Volunteers support critical relief efforts

Nashville is in the process of grappling with three devastating events — the March 3 tornado, the outbreak of COVID-19, and now the Christmas Day blast that destroyed part of 2nd Avenue. Hands On Nashville is working closely with the City of Nashville, the Office of Emergency Management, and local health officials to support ongoing disaster relief efforts through volunteerism. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and generosity this community has shown these past several months. There's more work to be done, and we are working with officials and community partners to ensure that work can be done as safely as possible.


Volunteer to help meet critical community needs



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