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Police investigating after backpack fire, explosion at Riverfront Park

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Police said a patch of grass was on fire when they responded. (WSMV) Police said a patch of grass was on fire when they responded. (WSMV)
This aerosol can was found 40 to 50 feet away from the scene. (WSMV) This aerosol can was found 40 to 50 feet away from the scene. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An investigation is underway after a small explosion at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville.

The blast happened as a man was walking his dog nearby at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

The man told authorities that he saw a homeless man who was threatening to stab someone, even though no one was around him.

The homeless man then reportedly set his bag on fire, which caused an aerosol can inside the bag to explode. The bag exploded seconds later.

When firefighters arrived, a small patch of grass was still on fire. They were able to contain the flames.

No injuries were reported in the incident. Investigators are still working to find the man who started the fire.

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