New police body cam footage shows the dramatic scenes from the Nashville RV explosion. New details are emerging about Anthony Warner, the suspected bomber who took his own life in the blast. Possible motives include knocking out 5G cell phone service.
Police body cam captures Nashville explosion on video
New details are emerging about the suspected Nashville bomber, Anthony Quinn Warner. Sixteen months before his RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, officers visited his home in Antioch Tennessee after his girlfriend reported that he was making bombs in the vehicle.
On Christmas morning, 63-year-old Warner blew up a city block on Second Avenue outside an AT&T switch facility. The bomb caused massive destruction to 41 downtown buildings and crippled telecommunication systems throughout the Southeast over the weekend.
In the aftermath, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Warner was “not on our radar” prior to the bombing. But a Metro Nashville Police Department report from August 2019 shows that local and federal authorities were aware of alleged threats he had made. No actions appear to have been taken to stop him.
FBI were warned about Nashville RV bomber
On Aug. 21, 2019, Warner’s girlfriend told Nashville police that Warner “was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence.” Nashville police then forwarded the information to the FBI. Officers were called to the home of Warner’s girlfriend, roughly a mile and a half from Warner, who lived at 115 Bakertown Road. When they arrived, they found her sitting on the porch with two unloaded guns nearby.
“She related that the guns belonged to a ‘Tony Warner’ and that she did not want them in the house any longer,” MNPD spokesman Don Aaron said. While at the house, the woman told police about the bomb comments Warner had made. She also told officers Warner “frequently talks about the military and bomb making.” And he “knows what he is doing and is capable of making a bomb.”
Bomber targets AT&T building in downtown Nashville
Police then went to Warner’s home, but he didn’t answer the door after they knocked several times. Officers saw his RV behind the house, but the vehicle was fenced off and police were unable to see inside of it, the report said. While there, police noted that there were several security cameras and wires attached to an alarm sign on the front door.
They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his home or fenced property. The next day, Nashville police sent the report and identifying information about Warner to the FBI to check their databases. Later that day, the FBI reported back that they checked their holdings and found no records on Warner at all.
The ATF also had no information on Warner. Warner’s only prior arrest occurred more than 40 years earlier, in January 1978, for marijuana possession.