Authorities have identified the bomber behind the Nashville explosion as the bomb squad zeros in on another suspicious vehicle that was playing “audio similar” to the exploded RV.
Human remains found at the site of the Christmas Day blast in downtown Nashville have been confirmed as tech expert Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, the suspected owner of the vehicle, who is believed to have acted alone.
He was the only known fatality in the blast that injured three bystanders and caused extensive damage to property on Christmas morning, including to an AT&T building, which hampered local mobile phone service.
A police officer recalled the explosives-rigged RV was playing Petula Clark’s 1965 chart-topper “Downtown” shortly before it exploded in a fireball.
Earlier this morning police in the city of Lebanon, about 50km away from Nashville, pulled over a white truck amid fears it could be linked to the Nashville bombing.
The vehicle was found to be playing audio “similar” to what was playing in the exploded RV, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.
Police arrested the driver, who was accompanied by a minor, and sent a bomb-detecting robot to the vehicle but no dangerous materials or explosives were found.
Back in Nashville, investigators are now working to determine how Warner pulled off the explosion that rocked the city on Christmas morning.
They are looking into reports Warner was motivated by paranoia over 5G technology and alleged government eavesdropping, the New York Post reported.
Authorities declined to discuss a motive during the Sunday briefing citing the ongoing investigation, but said that they are closely monitoring Warner’s activities, including online.
James Luellen, one of the six hero police who evacuated civilians from the area as the explosive-rigged RV blared an audio warning, recalled hearing the vehicle’s intermittent countdown change to the 1965 hit “Downtown” before the explosion.
“The music started, and I notified over the [police radio] air to notify other officers,” Officer Luellen said at a press briefing on Sunday. “Then, after the song, it continued to go back to the announcement for a little while.”
Luellen said he didn’t immediately recognise the song but committed enough of it to memory to later ask another responder from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about it.
“What I remembered was, ‘Downtown, where the lights shine bright,’” he said. “Later, the ATF agent I spoke to pulled it up, and … Downtown by Petula Clark was the specific song that was played.”
At the completion of the recorded warning to evacuate the area, the RV exploded into a hail of shrapnel and flames, obliterating parts of nearby buildings and leaving three people injured.
This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is reproduced with permission