Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, died in the explosion of a white recreational vehicle in Nashville, Tennessee, United States on December 25, 2020, authorities have confirmed. He was a resident of of Antioch, Nashville.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber,” U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Donald Q. Cochran said. “He was present when the bomb went off and then he perished.”
The confirmation was announced on December 27, 2020. After being identified as a person of interest on December 26, 2020, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) cleared his house in Antioch and confirmed that no one was inside.
On Christmas Day, an RV was parked outside the AT&T transmission building on Second Avenue North in Nashville. A female computerized voice coming the vehicle warned people that a bomb was going to detonate within 15 minutes.
“This area must be evacuated now,” the voice said. “This area must be evacuated now. If you can hear this message, evacuate now. If you can hear this message, evacuate now.”
The voice suddenly stopped. The 1964 hit song “Downtown” by Petula Clark played then the RV exploded.
The vehicle identification number of the RV matched to a registration belonging to Warner, according to the FBI. No other people were found to be involved in the bombing.
A total of 41 businesses were damaged by the massive explosion. Three civilians were injured but they are all now in stable condition after receiving treatment from the hospital.
Warner’s motive behind the explosion has yet to be determined. Forensic analysts matched DNA taken from the explosion to him, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director David Rausch.
Authorities are urging people who personally knew Warner and had knowledge about the incident to report to authorities. Aside from him, no other persons were killed by the tragedy.