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The Christmas Day explosion injured three people and damaged dozens of businesses, including an AT&T switching center.

Nashville Police said Anthony Quinn Warner is under investigation in connection with the Christmas Day bombing that rocked the US city of Nashville.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron confirmed Warner’s identity on Sunday.

Federal and state investigators are trying to determine who set off a bomb inside a recreational vehicle Friday morning, injuring three people and damaging more than 40 businesses.

They are also working to identify human remains found at the scene.

Nashville Police Chief John Drake speaks at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee [Mark Humphrey/AP Photo]

Meanwhile, local media reported on Sunday that FBI agents investigating the blast visited a real estate agency where Warner had been working on computers.

Steve Fridrich, owner of Fridrich & Clark Realty in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, told the Tennessean newspaper he spoke with agents late Saturday of Warner, 63, after the company told the FBI he had worked there.

According to public records, Warner had lived in a house in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, which was searched Saturday by officials from the FBI and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Guns and Explosives following the big explosion on Christmas Day.

Federal agents said they were following more than 500 leads and working to identify what appears to be human remains found in the wreckage.

The explosion in the heart of America’s country music capital injured three people and damaged more than 40 businesses, including an AT&T switching center, disrupting mobile, Internet and television services in central Tennessee and parts of four other states.

Fridrich said that for four or five years Warner had come to the office about once a month to provide computer consulting services, until this month, when Warner told the company in an email that ‘he would no longer work for them. He gave no reason, according to Fridrich.

“He struck us as very likeable – it’s quite out of character, I think,” Fridrich told the newspaper.

FBI and ATF agents search the basement of a house in Nashville, Tennessee [Mark Humphrey/AP Photo]

At a press conference Sunday, five Nashville police officers who were at the scene early Friday recalled the dramatic moments leading up to the explosion, as they rushed to evacuate homes and buildings and called for a bomb brigade, which was on its way when the camper van exploded.

Officers had heard music and an automated announcement from the RV warning them of the impending explosion as they sprang into action, requesting access codes for buildings and trying to guide as many residents as possible.

“I was thrown forward, thrown to the ground,” Constable Brenna Hosey told reporters of the timing of the explosion. “But I was able to make up for it, it was okay.”

The officers, who initially responded to reports of gunfire in the area, have been hailed as heroes by city leaders.


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