Nashville explosion: police knew since 2019 that the perpetrator was making bombs

On August 21, 2019, Pamela Perry, then the wife of the Nashville suicide bomber, contacted police to denounce Anthony Warner, who she said was making bombs. She feared for her safety.

His lawyer, Raymond Throckmorton, even added that he believed the suspect knew what he was doing and was able to make a bomb.

When officers knocked on Anthony Warner’s door, he did not respond, according to the police report. Officers saw a motor vehicle in the yard and several security cameras with wires attached to an alarm panel on the front door.

No criminal history

Officers then called the attorney, who said he represented both Pamela Perry and Anthony Warner. He did not cooperate, according to the police, and advised his client to deny the authorities access to his vehicle for a visual inspection.

The lawyer also disputes these facts and maintains that Warner was no longer his client at that time.

The police took no further action. Officers saw no evidence of a crime and did not have the authority to enter his home or a fenced property, indicates the report.

The information gathered on Warner was sent to the FBI to see if it was in their databases. But no file corresponded to it. No further information on the individual reached the FBI after August 2019, police said.

Anthony Warner’s only arrest was on a marijuana-related charge in 1978.

Shots before the explosion

The bomb detonated on Christmas morning, well before dawn. Three people were injured and more than 40 businesses were damaged by the blast.

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As police responded to a report of gunfire, they discovered an RV that was broadcasting a recorded warning that a bomb would explode in 15 minutes.

Police evacuated neighboring buildings and called the bomb squad. The vehicle exploded shortly after.

For reasons that may never be known, the disclaimer has been replaced with an excerpt from the song. Downtown by Petula Clark in the last moments. Among the thousands of songs, why this one?, the singer wrote on Facebook Tuesday, adding that she loved Nashville and would love to be able to give everyone in town a hug.

The motive of the bombing is still not known to investigators nor the reasons which motivated Anthony Warner to park near an AT&T building.

The explosion caused major communication failures in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. The company said on Monday that the majority of services had been restored for residents and businesses.

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