Debris lies on the road near the site of an explosion in the Second and Commerce area of Nashville, Tennessee, USA December 25, 2020.
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Investigators have received more than 500 tips about the Christmas morning explosion in Nashville, but have not established the identity of the bomber, officials said Saturday afternoon.
Local law enforcement officers are working with federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to investigate the explosives site, which includes dozens of businesses in the city.
“That’s the stage we are in in this investigation. We’re still going to follow every lead we have, and we’ll continue to do so until we find out what happened,” said Don Cochran, the Middle’s US attorney. District. from Tennessee.
The explosion in downtown Nashville early on Christmas morning broke windows and shut down communications networks. Authorities said they believe the explosion was deliberate and came from a motor home parked in the street.
According to the FBI, the RV arrived in the area shortly after 1 a.m. local time and the explosion occurred around 5:30 a.m. A warning for civilians in the area to evacuate was sounded from the RV before the explosion.
Doug Korneski, the FBI special agent responsible for the Memphis Field Office, said on Saturday that there is no evidence of an ongoing bomb threat in the area. When asked about reports that investigators have identified a person of interest in the case, Korneski said the investigation is still looking at several individuals.
NBC News, referring to multiple senior law enforcement officials, reported that investigators searched the home of Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, in connection with the bombing. A Google Streetview image of Warner’s Antioch, Tennessee address shows an RV that matches the description of the vehicle that exploded Friday morning.
Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Friday there were no fatalities from the explosion, although police were testing tissue found on the spot to determine if they could be human remains, NBC News said. Korneski said researchers are still examining the tissue.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper has issued a curfew for a portion of downtown that runs through Sunday afternoon. Federal regulators briefly halted flights to the city on Friday when the investigation began.
Social media users have reported problems with Nashville’s phone and Internet service after the explosion. AT&T said Saturday morning that it is deploying mobile locations in the area in an effort to quickly restore coverage.