We are walking through more of the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville. This is part two of this walkthrough and we’ll be looking at what happened from the time the bomb went off up until a suspect was identified and confirmed.
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Christmas Day Bombing Timeline: After the Explosion
- 10:40 a.m.: Police went door-to-door with dogs in the downtown area to search nearby buildings, though they said there was no indication of any additional devices.
- 10:45 a.m.: The White House released a statement about the explosion. "President Trump has been briefed on the explosion ... and will continue to receive regular updates. The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured."
- 11 a.m.: Several people were taken to the police department's central precinct for questioning, but authorities declined to give more details Friday.
- Noon: AT&T internet and phone service was disrupted in the Nashville area. An AT&T spokesman confirmed the outage was linked to the explosion. The outage led to widespread 911 issues in the Nashville area and telecommunications issues at Nashville International Airport, halting outbound flights.
- 2:20 p.m.: MNPD released a surveillance photo of the RV Friday afternoon and asked for the public's help. Police said the RV in question was spotted in the area of Second Avenue North and Commerce Street after 1 a.m. Friday. Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced he has issued a state of civil emergency at the explosion site and the surrounding area that will put in place a curfew starting 4:30 p.m. Friday until 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The areas affected are bounded by James Robertson Parkway, Fourth Avenue North, Broadway and the Cumberland River. During a news conference, Metro police Chief John Drake said a motive in the explosion was not known.
- News Channel 5 speaks to Former Lead National Security Prosecutor James Little about what the motive could be.
- FAA suspends flights and designates Nashville as national defense airspace
- He also said it was unclear if anyone was inside the RV when it exploded. Drake said police found tissue at the scene that could be human remains. Authorities will examine it to determine what it is. Cooper said he has asked Gov. Bill Lee to declare a state of civil emergency given the widespread damage. The blast sent three people to the hospital and all three individuals were in stable condition, he said. Saturday - 1 p.m.: The FBI, leading the case, said more than 500 tips have been reported in the past 24 hours. The investigation continues, including working with its behavioral analysis unit in Quantico.
- Saturday - 2:30 p.m.: Local and federal agents have been in-and-out of a duplex in Antioch for “court authorized activity” following information from the investigation, according to Darrell DeBusk, an FBI public affairs officer. DeBusk said no arrest has been made. A team wearing tactical gear marked with both ATF and FBI insignias entered the residence and cleared the home around 2:30 p.m. The bomb squad confirmed no one was inside, according to FBI personnel at the scene. An evidence team entered the residence around that time to conduct a search.
- Sunday - Officials: Suspicious box truck on Hwy 231 in Lebanon did not have explosives
- Sunday - 4 p.m.: U.S. Attorney Don Cochran confirms Anthony Q. Warner, 63, has been identified as the bomber and is believed to have died in the explosion. DNA found at the scene was matched to samples taken at another location searched by investigators, TBI Director David Rausch said Sunday. The TBI was involved in testing the evidence. At this time, officials said there is no indication that anyone outside of Warner was involved in the explosion. Authorities reviewed hours of surveillance footage and they say they only saw Warner. A motive in the bombing has not been released and is still under investigation according to FBI Special Agent for Public Affairs Doug Korneski. The types of explosives used in the bombing were still under investigation, authorities said. The FBI said Warner wasn’t on the radar of authorities before Friday’s explosion and declined to deem the explosion an act of terrorism. Nashville Police Chief John Drake reiterated that investigators have found no additional threats against the city.
- 4:30 p.m.: Mayor John Cooper extends a curfew originally set to expire at 4:30 p.m. Sunday until noon Monday. The curfew zone is bounded by James Robertson Parkway, Fourth Avenue North, Broadway and the Cumberland River.
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