NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) -- Authorities say the man responsible for the explosion that rattled downtown Nashville on Christmas morning died in the blast.
According to authorities, Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, was responsible for Friday’s explosion. He perished in the blast, according to US Attorney Don Cochran.
Authorities say Warner’s remains were found near the scene of the explosion. DNA samples examined by both FBI and TBI agents at the scene matched the DNA inside a vehicle used by Warner.
Police say no one else is believed to have been involved in the explosion at this time.
BREAKING: Law enforcement is now announcing that Anthony Warner, 63, of Bakertown Rd, is the man believed responsible for Friday's explosion. He perished in the blast. No one else is presently believed to have been involved. Thank you to our federal & state partners. pic.twitter.com/PwMa1MwHvd— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 27, 2020
The Nashville Tennessean reports the bomb detonated on Second Street about 6:30 a.m. on Friday. A man in an RV had blared evacuation warnings before the explosion demolished the city block. The RV was parked outside of an AT&T facility, though authorities have not said whether they believe the telecommunications company may have been a target.
Acquaintances described Tony Warner as a self-employed computer guru, the Tennessean reports.
The blast caused extensive damage to phone and internet coverage throughout the region, causing communication blackouts for 911 centers in surrounding counties, leaving customers throughout the state without service and exposing vulnerabilities in infrastructure.