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CCTV footage shows RV explosion in downtown Nashville

By Don Jacobson
CCTV footage shows RV explosion in downtown Nashville
Debris is seen in downtown Nashville last Friday after a recreational vehicle exploded on Second Avenue North. Photo courtesy Nashville Fire Department/Twitter/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Police in Nashville have released closed circuit television video of the moment an RV exploded on Christmas Day in what investigators believe is a suicide bombing.

The video, released late Sunday by the Metro Nashville Police Department, was recorded by a police camera about a block away from where the RV exploded while parked outside an AT&T transmission building early Friday.

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Authorities have identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the bomber and say he died in the blast, which also damaged dozens of buildings. The 63-year-old man's DNA was found at the scene, officials said.

In the video footage, a police officer can be seen walking across Second Avenue North in downtown Nashville just seconds before the RV explodes and debris is hurtled toward the camera.

The RV broadcast a warning message before the blast that advised people to leave the area. Police also said it played the 1964 song Downtown by Petula Clark over its speakers.

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Authorities are still examining a motive for the bombing. Officials have not yet said whether they believe the AT&T building was a target. The explosion disrupted cellphone service in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

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More than 48 hours after the explosion, some customers were still experiencing outages. the company said on Sunday.

Warner, described by acquaintances as a quiet, self-employed computer expert, was not on authorities' radar as a potential domestic terrorist, police said.

Neighbors in the suburban Nashville community of Antioch said Warner was polite but reserved and never displayed any obvious political or religious leanings.

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