Nashville officials on Sunday named Anthony Warner as the bomber in the Christmas Day explosion and said he died on the scene of the blast, although it wasn’t sure if he was killed by the blast inside the RV, or if he was dead before the bomb exploded via a timer.
“He was present when the bomb went off and then he perished,” Don Cochran, the U.S. Attorney General for the Middle District of Tennessee, said during a press briefing.
It sounds like Nashville Mayor John Cooper has a pretty strong suspicion what the motive was behind that huge Christmas Day explosion. He said Sunday that the RV that exploded in downtown Nashville was targeting the AT&T facility located near the site where the RV blew up.
“Those of us in Nashville realize that on Second Avenue there is a big AT&T facility and the truck was parked adjacent to this large, historic AT&T facility, which happens to be in downtown Nashville,” Cooper said on CBS News. “And to all of us locally, it feels like there has to be some connection with the AT&T facility and the site of the bombing.”
The force of the blast caused wireless service to go down in the area, affecting police departments and emergency services and halting Christmas Day flights at Nashville International Airport. The explosion even disrupted services in states as far away as Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky.
On Sunday, AT&T said it had made significant progress restoring the interrupted service, which was caused by flooding from emergency sprinklers that went off in response to the explosion.
Numerous reports say the 63-year-old suspect in the blast, Anthony Quinn Warner, was known to be paranoid that the 5G networks were being used to spy on Americans.