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Explosion in downtown Nashville believed to be "an intentional act," police say

A large explosion ripped through downtown Nashville early Christmas morning in what police are calling "an intentional act," apparently set off by an RV that blared warnings about a bomb before it detonated. CBS affiliate WTVF reports the blast was felt across much of Davidson County around 6:30 a.m.

Law enforcement sources tell CBS News they have found what appear to be human remains near the site of the explosion. They have not indicated whether the remains are from someone connected to the explosion or from an innocent victim.

"The explosion was significant, as you can see," police spokesman Don Aaron said at a briefing Friday morning. "We do believe that the explosion was an intentional act."

Three people were taken to the hospital for treatment, but officials said the injuries were not believed to be critical. Police said one officer was knocked off his feet by the blast.

Nashville Police Chief John Drake said officers had received a call of "shots fired" in the area of Second Avenue near Commerce Street at about 5:30 a.m.

"As officers responded, they encountered an RV that had a recording saying a that potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes. Officers, upon hearing that, decided to evacuate the buildings nearby, so they began knocking on doors, making announcements ... to get people safe."

"Shortly after that, the RV exploded," Drake said.

Friday afternoon, the police department tweeted a photo of the RV taken from a security camera before the blast, and asked anyone with information about it to contact authorities.

"We know of no other imminent danger to the area at this point," Aaron said.

The FBI and ATF are now taking the lead on the investigation. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Foster said at a midday briefing, "We're putting everything we have into finding who was responsible for what's happened here today. As part of doing that, there are investigative leads to be pursued. There's also technical work that needs to happen."

"Please tell us what you know. We need your leads, we need your help," he said.
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This is the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning.

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Police have 'person of interest' in Nashville bombing: Hunt for suspect narrows as FBI investigates whether spooky recorded warning was used to lure COPS to RV and videos show people running for cover inside stores

Police have reportedly identified a person of interest in Nashville's Christmas Day bombing that left three people injured and caused massive amounts of damage to the city's downtown.

CBS journalist Jeff Pegues tweeted out the news, but did not say whether anybody had been taken into custody.

The FBI is reportedly pursuing approximately 500 leads and conducting interviews as of early Saturday afternoon.

The blast emanated from a white RV parked on 2nd Avenue at 6.40 am Friday, and the FBI is now probing whether the explosion was deliberately designed to target law enforcement.


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Officers had been called to the scene shortly before the explosion amid reports of a shooting. However, they arrived to find the vehicle playing an announcement saying that it would explode in 15 minutes.

One expert is now theorizing that the spooky recording was designed to bring as many cops and first responders as possible into the area with the intention of killing or maiming them.

'I kind of think it was probably an idea to get first responders to come in,' ex-NYPD Detective Bill Ryan told Fox News on Saturday.

Ryan served as part of an arson and explosions task force, and believes an entire group of people may be behind the possible attack on law enforcement.

'You have to really wonder what the motivation of the bombers are - I don't think this was one person, it was probably an organized group of people.'

Six cops have now been hailed as heroes after the descended on the area and tried to clear out pedestrians and residents before the bomb went off.

Meanwhile, Nashville police confirmed late Friday that they are investigating whether human remains have been found at the site of the bomb blast.

According to CNN, tissue was discovered at the scene, and forensic experts are now working to determine whether it is human.

It is unclear whether anybody was inside the RV at the time it detonated.

The gigantic blast caused damage to more than 40 buildings, with new videos showing the widespread impact it created.

One shocking clip shared on social media shows an apartment building violently shaking during the blast.

A resident told CNN on Saturday: I've never seen anything like it. It shook everything'

Meanwhile, other videos being shared widely on social media show people hiding for cover in buildings along 2nd Avenue as they were warned by cops that the RV could explode.

One man was walking his dog right by the RV and heard the warning message emanating from the vehicle.

Quick thinking cops quickly told him to get back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a 'Christmas miracle' he is still alive.

On Saturday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration classified the airspace over the site of the bombing as “National Defense Airspace'.

The order prohibits pilots from flying over the site and a surrounding area of one nautical mile. The restriction will stay in place until December 30.

Meanwhile, the area on the ground has still been cordoned off and there is a strong police presence.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper says it will be 'some time' before 2nd Avenue is open as normal.

On Friday evening, he announced curfew on the area around the bomb site as the investigation continued.

'A curfew will start at 4:30pm, Friday Dec 25. and be lifted Sunday, December 27 at 4:30pm,' he revealed in a tweet.

The blast blew in windows from at least 41 buildings, according to CNN. One building is now partially collapsed.

The RV was parked outside an AT&T facility, with the explosion causing network outages to the company's phone and internet services.

That issue sparked safety fears as 911 dispatchers were reportedly having trouble identifying the location of callers.

USA Today reports on Saturday that outage issues lasted into the evening. It is now believed they have all been resolved.

Meanwhile, more information is being learned about the hero cops who tried to clear the area after they arrived to find the RV playing a recording saying it would explode.

They were named by Metro Police Chief John Drake as Officer Brenna Hosey, Officer James Luellen, Officer Michael Sipos, Officer Amanda Topping, Officer James Wells and Sergeant Timothy Miller, as he praised them for rushing into danger to save others.

The officers had been responding to reports of shots fired 40 minutes before the explosion when they found an RV located outside of an AT&T transmission building which was playing an announcement featuring a woman's voice saying it would explode in 15 minutes.

There was no evidence of shooting at the scene and it is not known of the sounds could also have come from the RV's recording. Cops have not revealed who made the initial shooting report.

They rushed to get people out of their homes while the ominous, pre-recorded message played over and over again with music playing inbetween each countdown, before the van eventually exploded at round 6.40am.

'These officers didn't care about themselves,' Chief Drake said. 'They didn't think about that. They cared about the citizens of Nashville. They went in and we'd be talking not about the debris that we have here but potential people.'

Despite the devastation of the blast, miraculously only three people were injured.

They were rushed to hospital in non-life threatening conditions.
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Nashville bombing suspect may have been killed in explosion, sources say.

Multiple sources confirm that Anthony Quinn Warner, a Nashville area resident, has been identified as a person of interest in this case. Federal agents are searching his home.

FBI probing if 5G paranoia was behind Nashville Christmas bombing

FBI agents working the Nashville Christmas bombing are asking around about whether Anthony Quinn Warner — a local computer expert named as a “person of interest” — was paranoid about 5G technology, according to a report.

Agents are probing if Warner, 63, feared that 5G technology was being used to spy on Americans, a source close to the investigation told the NBC News affiliate in Nashville.

There have otherwise been no arrests or motive revealed in the bombing as of early Sunday.

In another wrinkle to the case, investigators are looking into Warner’s connection with a 29-year-old Los Angeles brunette named Michelle Swing.

Warner signed the deed to his $160,000 suburban Nashville home over to Swing for free last month, according to county property records found by The Post.

Swing cited the ongoing FBI investigation in declining to speak to The Post about the gift on Saturday, but she told The Daily Mail the transfer happened “without my knowledge.”

She declined to describe her relationship to Warner.

Later Saturday night, the Mail reported that property records show Warner had transferred yet another home to the mystery woman — again for no money.

That property was on the same street as the first, and was valued at $249,000, the Mail reported.

Warner’s possible fears of 5G technology was also confirmed by a Nashville real estate agent who told NBC he’d called the FBI Saturday after seeing the person of interest’s name in the news.

The real estate agent, Steve Fridrich, reached out to investigators after realizing he’s hired a “Tony Warner” to do IT work for him for the past several years — and as recently as this month.

The FBI agent he spoke to asked if Warner was paranoid about 5G technology, Fridrich told NBC. Fridrich said he told the agents that Warner never mentioned being afraid of 5G.

“Nice guy. You know, he was a techie guy — don’t mean anything negative about that” Fridrich told NBC.

“He would do this thing and leave. He didn’t bother anybody. He did his thing and left,” Fridrich said.

The last time Warner helped him with an Internet issue, earlier this month, he spoke of his fondness for camping, Fridrich told the network.

The white recreational vehicle that Warner kept in the yard of his suburban Nashville home bears a striking resemblance to the explosives-loaded RV that blew up Christmas morning outside the downtown AT&T building.

There was no sign Saturday of Warner or his RV as investigators spent Saturday searching his property; meanwhile, sources have told CNN and ABC News that investigators believe the explosion may have been the work of a suicide bomber.

Human remains recovered at the bomb site are still being DNA-tested.

Agents intend to swab Warner’s mother to determine if he was a match, Newsweek reported.
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Strange!!! :clueless:
NASHVILLE BOMBING: RV Was Playing Song “Downtown” Before Blast

Before a warning message and countdown was broadcast from the RV that exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas day, the 1964 hit song “Downtown” by Petula Clark was playing.

“The music started, and I notified over the [police radio] air to notify other officers,” Officer James Luellen said, speaking alongside four of his fellow cops in a Sunday press briefing. “Then, after the song, it continued to go back to the announcement for a little while.”

“What I remembered was, ‘Downtown, where the lights shine bright,’ ” he said.

Spoiler! :
  • When you’re alone, and life is making you lonely
    You can always go
    Downtown
    When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
    Seems to help, I know
    Downtown
    Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
    Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
    How can you lose?

    The lights are much brighter there
    You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
    So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re
    Downtown, no finer place for sure
    Downtown everything’s waiting for you

    Downtown, downtown



    Don’t hang around and let your problems surround you
    There are movie shows
    Downtown
    Maybe you know some little places to go to
    Where they never close
    Downtown
    Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
    You’ll be dancing with him too before the night is over
    Happy again

    The lights are much brighter there
    You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
    So go downtown, where all the lights are bright
    Downtown, waiting for you tonight
    Downtown, you’re gonna be alright now

    Downtown, downtown
    Downtown
The eerie development is the latest in a case that has left investigators with little answers.

Police now believe the act was a suicide bombing and a person-of-interest has been identified as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner.

Some investigators believe Warner, who worked in computers, may have been a 5G conspiracy theorist. Some people believe 5G towers cause cancer or are used for “deep-state” eavesdropping.
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In the end, he achieved nothing. A wasted life.
I assume that he was not playing with a full deck.
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De man was a weed loving, anti-authority hippie. He smoked a lot of weed, disliked authority and claimed to have recently gotten out of the Navy.
Earlier this week authorities asked for anyone familiar with Nashville’s Christmas-Day bomber Anthony Quinn Warner to come forward and give any information or insight that may help determine a possible motive. Tom Lundborg spoke to the FBI about working with Warner in the late 1970s. Lundborg’s father owned A.C.E. Alarms, and left the son and “Tony” Warner to run the business after he was incapacitated in a car wreck.

“I worked with Tony as his helper. I kind of looked up to him. He was kind of a hippie. Had long hair, a Magnum, P.I. mustache” Lundborg told the Daily Beast. “He was a smart, cocky kind of guy. I rode around with him all day every day – during the summers, at least for a couple years.”

Lundborg said of his former co-worker that he smoked a lot of weed, disliked authority and claimed to have recently gotten out of the Navy. The Daily Beast found Warner was arrested for marijuana possession in 1978, and it is unclear if he was ever in the Armed Forces. Lundborg claims Warner’s disdain for cops and authority was so rampant, he often lectured the boy.

“I hate cops. They’re all corrupt’ Warner would say. ‘Never trust a cop.” As the investigation continues to determine a motive for the bombing, “investigators are reportedly looking into whether Warner bought into conspiracy theories about 5G technology. Warner parked his RV next to an AT&T building before the vehicle detonated” reports The Daily Beast.

Authorities have also found that the unmarried Warner who appears not to have any children, transferred two of his homes to 29-year-old Michelle Swing, a music executive in Los Angeles. One of the quitclaim deeds was filed in 2019; the second was recently, on November 25.

In another eerie discovery, one of Warner’s neighbors Rick Laude told the Associated Press he asked Warner in casual conversation, “it Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?” Warner answered, “oh yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.”

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