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New CCTV released by Nashville police shows the devastating power of a bomb which was inside an RV and detonated on Christmas Day.

New CCTV released by Nashville police shows the devastating power of a bomb which was inside an RV and detonated on Christmas Day.

Earlier today authorities identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the Nashville bomber after matching his DNA to remains found at the scene of the explosion.

DNA taken from the scene was matched to Mr Warner by forensic analysts, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said at a news conference.

Just seconds before an explosion was recorded by an MNPD camera at 2nd Ave N & Commerce St, in Nashville.The RV explodes on a quiet city street.A massive fireball fills the street in Nashville on Christmas day.Authorities identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the Nashville bomber after matching his DNA to remains found at the scene of the explosion.

Mr Warner, 63, of nearby Antioch, Tennessee, had already been identified as a person of interest in the explosion of the recreational vehicle.

There is no indication that anybody else was involved and no motive has been determined, said Douglas Korneski, FBI special agent in charge of the Memphis field office.

During a press conference, Agent Korneski declined to comment when asked if the blast could be considered domestic terrorism.

Forensic analysts at the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations matched DNA taken from the explosion scene to Mr Warner, Agent Korneski said.

A vehicle ID number from the RV was also a match for Mr Warner, he said.

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Investigators were able to match DNA samples to Mr Warner quickly because they were able to collect DNA from family members, Agent Korneski said.

Authorities earlier said they believed Mr Warner's remains were found at the blast site, according to several law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation, who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity.

The FBI also gathered DNA from Mr Warner's home, which they began searching on Saturday, those sources said.

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The aftermath of the Nashville bomb.

Authorities went to a home after the explosion

Public records show Mr Warner owned a home on Bakertown Road in Antioch until November 25, 2020, when he signed a quit claim deed giving ownership of the home to a woman.

Federal investigators were at the home on Saturday conducting "court-authorised activity," FBI spokesman Jason Pack said.

Bomb technicians cleared the house to make sure it was safe for the evidence team to enter, Mr Pack said, but would not confirm who lives at that address.

A tip about the RV involved in the explosion led law enforcement officials to the Bakertown Road home, a law enforcement official said.

An RV seen on Google Street View at the home appears to match the image of the one authorities posted when they asked the public for information about the vehicle.

Investigators believe the RV seen in the photos is the same one at the center of the explosion, the law enforcement source said, but they can't be certain because it was destroyed in the blast.

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Analysis of Google Street View images indicates that the RV has been around the property since at least April 2013.

Two neighbors said they had definitely seen the RV that is pictured in the Google satellite photos.

They said that while they haven't been out much in the colder weather, they remember seeing it parked there during the summer.

Mr Warner had previously deeded his other property on Bakertown Road to the same woman in 2019, according to public records.

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FBI and ATF agents search a home  in Nashville, Tennessee.Investigators remove items from the basement of a home

Warner previously had explosive permit handler license

Mr Warner was issued an explosive user permits handler licence in November 2013 that expired in November 2016, public records show.

He was also issued an alarm contractor license in November 1993, which expired in 1998, according to Tennessee licensing records.

A man who hired Mr Warner as computer consultant said the "Tony Warner we knew is a nice person who never exhibited any behavior which was less than professional."

Steve Fridrich of Fridrich & Clark LLC said in a statement that Mr Warner worked for his real estate agency as an independent contractor for several years, servicing the firm's computers.

Mr Warner said earlier this month he was retiring and the company had no contact with Mr Warner since then, Mr Fridrich said.

When he learned Mr Warner was a suspect in the bombing, Mr Fridrich said he notified authorities about the work he had performed for his company.

Officials will be working to determine the type of explosive used, whether it was commercial or military, or something that's homemadeAn explosion that shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning shattered windows, damaged buildings, and wounded three people.

Officials have not connected blast to terrorism

Investigators are looking at "any and all possible motives" in the bombing, Agent Korneski said during today's press conference.

Agent Korneski was asked about associates of Mr Warner being questioned about Mr Warner's possible beliefs about telecommunications.

"We're not at a position to speculate on that now," Agent Korneski said, adding they are interviewing people who knew Mr Warner or were familiar with his ideology.

The bombing has not been deemed an act of domestic terrorism because it would have to be tied to an ideology or committed in furtherance of a political or social ideology, Agent Korneski said.

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Officials haven't connected the explosion in any way to terrorism, and according to one federal law enforcement source, there were no known credible threats in the Nashville area that would have signaled an impending attack on or before Christmas.

A second law enforcement source said federal authorities are not aware of any increased chatter nationally by known extremist groups that would indicate any credible plans for conducting attacks around the holidays.

While investigators continue gathering information on who may have been responsible for the explosion and why they did it, one expert says the blast likely wasn't supposed to cause a mass killing.

"What makes this so perplexing is the fact that it doesn't appear that the person or people who conspired to do this had any interest in causing any type of mass casualties," James Gagliano, a retired FBI supervisory special agent, said.

Mayor John Cooper said the explosion was "clearly done when no one was going to be around".

"It would be a different message if it was 5pm on a Friday," the mayor said.

"It seems intentional, but it seems like a one-off."

- Reported with CNN

Source: 9News

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