Blast in Nashville hits too close to home for some Wichita musicians

Three injured, several buildings damaged in Christmas morning explosion in historic downtown...
Three injured, several buildings damaged in Christmas morning explosion in historic downtown Nashville. (Source: CNN)
Published: Dec. 25, 2020 at 3:51 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - More than 600 miles away from Nashville, the reports of an explosion in the heart of the city early Christmas morning was heartbreaking news for some Wichitans who now call Nashville home.

Two Wichita musicians said they’re thankful they’re in Wichita now.

“I woke up this morning to a few Snapchats and texts from friends there in Nashville. It was pictures of the news. I was like, ‘what is happening?’” Ali Walton said.

Walton left town just the day before.

“I’m glad I’m not there right now that’s a little scary if I were to look out my window and see black smoke rising.”

The blast caused extensive damage to the downtown area, including the George Jones museum where musician Trey Warner plays.

“I play shows at the George Jones Museum, which is right on Second Avenue where the explosion was. I play at Hard Rock Cafe too, its an area I frequent a lot.”

Warner moved from Wichita to Nashville six years ago to pursue a career in music.

He said it’s been a difficult year to be a musician in Nashville, and the destruction from the blast will make things even harder.

“It’s just another area of Nashville to rebuild. We have a lot of them now, thankfully, there is a lot of different venues on Broadway to play at, but its going to suck for the people that play at George Jones,” Warner said.

Warner said he goes back to Nashville in the coming days and hope whoever is responsible is caught.

Police are saying that the blast was intentional. The blast injured three and they were sent to the hospital, but their injuries were not critical.

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