Anthony Quinn Warner was described as a nice and quiet person by his neighbors in Antioch, Nashville, United States. Recently, his former co-worker Tom Lundborg gave a different description.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Lundborg described Warner as “a smart cocky kind of guy.” According to Lundborg, Warner would say, “I hate cops. They’re all corrupt. Never trust a cop.”
Lundborg’s father was the owner of a company called A.C.E. Alarms, which provided commercial and residential burglar systems but he was maimed by a car accident. The father then entrusted the company to Lundborg and Warner in the late 1970s.
A teenager at the time, Lundborg worked as the helper of Warner, who was in his 20s then. According to the former, the latter was “kind of a hippie” who loved to smoke marijuana.
On January 29, 1978, Warner was arrested in Nashville for marijuana possession. He was found guilty on November 8, 1979.
On December 25, 2020, Warner died in the explosion of a white recreational vehicle outside the AT&T transmission building on Second Avenue North in Nashville. Before the explosion, 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. No other people were found to be involved in the bombing.
The massive explosion damaged a total of 41 businesses and injured three civilians. They are all now in stable condition after receiving treatment from the hospital.
Aside from Warner, no other persons were killed by the tragedy. Forensic analysts matched DNA taken from the explosion to him, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director David Rausch.