Nashville blast draws reactions from Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, other country stars

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Nashville blast draws reactions from Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, other country stars

Country music stars and Nashville’s pro sports teams shared their reactions Christmas Day after a shocking explosion in the Tennessee capital interrupted what many expected to be a mostly quiet holiday with loved ones.

Those sharing their thoughts on social media included singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, as well as Cassadee Pope, Carly Pearce, Chris Janson and the band Old Dominion.

The NFL’s Tennessee Titans, who call Nashville their home, and the NHL’s Nashville Predators also expressed support for the city and its first responders.

Some used hashtags such as #NashvilleStrong and #TennesseeTough.

“Tough year for Nashville,” Paisley wrote in an Instagram message. “Be safe everyone. #merrychristmas Duet with @kevinnealon.”

Underwood focused on the holiday and first responders in her Twitter message.

“Merry Christmas everyone!” she wrote. “And a huge thank you to all the brave first responders in Nashville this morning.”

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Pope said her house shook from the blast.

“Our house shook here in Nashville. Following the info on socials and the news but just praying nobody was hurt. Seems like it was an explosion of some sort downtown. F–king 2020,” the singer, 31, tweeted.

Pearce was apparently upset by the images of the explosion that appeared in news reports.

“Sending all my love to Nashville this morning,” she wrote. “These videos are absolutely terrifying. Such a horrific act, especially on Christmas morning.”

In addition, the Music City Grand Prix tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers for Nashville. We are completely devastated by the horrific explosion downtown this morning. Thankful for the first responders on the scene this Christmas morning. #prayfornashville.”

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