Authorities identify person behind Nashville Christmas Day explosion

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE/AP) — Authorities in Nashville identified the man behind the Nashville bombing on Christmas Day.

During a news conference Sunday evening, they identified the suspect as 63-year-old Anthony Warner.

Authorities say he “perished in the explosion” and no other people are involved.

Officials during the news conference said Nashville is deemed safe at this time and that Warner was not on their radar. No motive has also been determined at this time, either.

Authorities are asking people with information regarding Warner and the investigation to contact them as soon as possible.

Metro Nashville Police also released new video from the explosion on their Twitter account Sunday night.

A spokesperson for the FBI office in Memphis also issued a statement on Sunday.

A key break in the investigation occurred when the Tennessee Highway Patrol was able to locate and recover the VIN (vehicle identification number) from the suspect’s van. That information, along with crucial tips from the public, led to the home of the suspect in Antioch.
FBI and ATF agents are continuing to recover and analyze evidence. The motive for the incident is still unclear. Leads are still being followed, but at this time, there is no indication that any other individuals are involved. ATF’s unique resources from the National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR) and the United States Bomb Data were instrumental in providing links to this investigation. Leveraging technology with traditional law enforcement techniques clearly was beneficial in this case. The ATF’s National Response Team along with the FBI’s Evidence Response Team continue to work seamlessly in the processing of this crime scene. Additionally, the TBI, the Metro Nashville Police Department, and our federal, state, and local partners will continue to work to ensure the safety of Nashvillians.

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