Heroes Honored for Brave Actions

NASHVILLE, Tennessee

Two Officers were dispatched to a shots fired call inside a building in the downtown area of Nashville, Tennesee early Christmas morning would instead be faced with a RV playing a warning about if those who could the message to evacuate. A bomb was said to be inside the vehicle and it was about to detonate in fifteen minutes.

Officers called in backup and knew they only had minutes to evacuate everyone out of the area with the aid of four other Officers. After making sure all citizens were evacuated and some, but not all of their fellow Officers had cleared the area – the bomb exploded.

One person was killed in the blast – the bombing suspect, Anthony Quinn Warner, 63. Police believe there is no one else involved in helping him.

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Credit | Metropolitan Nashville PD

The incident was reported to have occurred at 0630 hours CST in the 100 block of 2nd Avenue North in Nashville, TN.

Less than 10 people were said to be hurt. The Metro Nashville Police Department states about 40 buildings were damaged, with some having poor structural integrity and making them uninhabitable. On Tuesday, December 29th, about 225 business and building owners, as well as contractors visited the protected area to secure the building with plywood and tarps. Offiers and the FBI provided victim specialist for all those on-scene.

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Credit | Metro Nashville PD

Six Metro Nashville Police Officers were recognized for their life-saving measures in evacuating all residents out of the area, prior to the explosion. The Bomb Squad also was saved in that, thankfully they did not reach the RV in time before explosion.

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Credit | Metro Nashville PD

The FBI Evidence Response Team, which includes the FBI and ATF Agents painstakingly got on their knees and started to comb through the bomb site on Monday, December 28th.

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Credit: Metro Nashville PD (see above photos)

DISCLAIMER: This Police body cam may be disturbing to some readers. This is from one of the MNPD Officers who responded to the scene and leads up to the blast.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 3 – 12/30/2020 0055 Hours PT

Christmas Bomb Rips Through Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tennessee

What would start as a shots fired call turned into a bomb inside a RV ripping through the downtown area of Nashville on Christmas Day.

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Credit: Metropolitan Nashville PD

Police were dispatched to the 100 block of 2nd Avenue North for shots fired call at 0530 hours CST. The Metropolitan Nashville PD’s own Hazardous Device Unit was then called to respond to the RV to check it out.

The incident was reported have occurred at 0630 hours CST.

Police took it seriously and began to evacuate people from area buildings quickly, saving hundreds of lives and as promised, the RV bomb went off ripping through many buildings damaging them, and significantly causing poor structural integrity in several of them.

The address Police have released is 166 2nd Avenue North, Nashville, TN. At this location is said to have been a 62,104 square-foot Office building with living quarters along with area businesses which include The Melting Pot, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Beers Enterprises, Bell South (cell phone store) are some of the local restaurants in the area.

The explosion happened outside an AT&T transmission building.

Significant communications and commerce businesses are the Bellsouth building on 2nd Avenue North and Church Street and the Commerce building on 2nd Avenue North and Commerce Street.

The motive for this intentional bombing is unknown and the person or person(s) behind this domestic attack is unknown but authorities are tirelessly working to solve this case and bring those to justice.

On 1st Avenue North, it is unknown if there are any damages to that street which is home to the Fort Nashboro Historic Foundation site of Nashville. The Cumberland River is just on the other side of the street.

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Credit: Nashville FD

Officers from the HDU were en route and had not reached the scene yet, thankfully and saving their lives.

Just after 0700 hours CST, the Metropolitan Nashville PD released this statement:

“Both the FBI and ATF are investigating the 6:30 a.m. explosion on 2nd Ave North linked to a vehicle. This appears to have been an intentional act. Law enforcement is closing downtown streets as investigation continues.

At 0900 hours CST, Nashville Police K-9 teams are currently working on protective sweeps in the downtown are. All traffic to this is currently restricted. AVOID THIS AREA.

Some residents say they could feel the explosion across much of Davidson County.

This is a developing story. More updates will be posted as new information comes to light.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/25/2020 1200 PT