More than $300,000 has been raised to offer as a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person behind a massive explosion in Nashville on Christmas morning.
In wake of the blast on Friday, The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. put up a $10,000 pot for useful tips before upping their offer later in the evening to $35,000, the Tennessean reported.
“Like everyone, we woke up this Christmas morning to the horrible news of the explosion on Second Avenue. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all involved or affected,” Butch Spyridon, the group’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
“This is when we show the world who we are. Thank you all for everything you do for our city, and stay safe. I believe in Nashville.”
The owners of Lewis Country Store also pledged $20,000 towards the reward, which later got another boost from Fox Sports host Clay Travis. He offered an additional $10,000 for anyone who could provide information that results in the arrest of a suspect.
On Friday afternoon, “The Profit” host Marcus Lemonis announced on Twitter he would add $250,000 to the reward.
“We can’t have our streets terrorized like this,” the television personality wrote.
“Let’s spread the word and help the city solve this. Somebody, somewhere knows something… spread the word”
Lemonis added: “This is when you who are reading this needs to use your social media for what matters most. Protect people.”
The City of Nashville was rocked awake around 6:30 a.m. on Christmas morning by an exploding RV. Three people were hospitalized and two responding officers were also injured in the blast.
Authorities have since said they believe the explosion was intentional.
The FBI opened an online tip line for anyone who may have information on the explosion. Agents said anyone with information can also call 1-800-CALL-FBI.