According to reports, investigators are investigating whether a suicide bomber worried about 5G technology might have injured three people in the historic downtown Nashville explosion on Christmas Day.
The explosion caused extensive damage to dozens of buildings in Tennessee’s largest city, outside of facilities owned by the telecommunications company AT&T, and caused disruption or damage to cell phone services in several other cities.
Federal agents spent the weekend looking for a 63-year-old man who owned an RV, similar to the one that detectives believed was a mobile bomb and was driven to the scene.
At the same time, the Nashville TV News Channel reported that an interested person, Anthony Warner from the southeastern suburb of the city, worked as an information technology consultant for a real estate company.
A real estate agent Steve Fridrich (Steve Fridrich) contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after hearing the person’s name on a news bulletin. He told WSMV TV that federal agents had asked him whether Warner Paranoid about 5G technology.
According to WSMV, sources close to the law enforcement investigation said that among various inquiries and suggestions, there was a suggestion that Warner endorsed a conspiracy theory that 5G technology is being used to monitor Americans.
The FBI did not disclose the name of the suspect. Instead, after the bomb squad technicians cleared the property, they searched Warner’s residence in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville. Earlier, a spokesperson said that human remains were retrieved from the explosion site and the agency did not actively search for any suspects.
It is expected to produce DNA results on human tissues soon.
Douglas Korneski, an agent of the FBI’s Memphis foreign office, said that hundreds of agents are screening at least 500 tips and clues, and it’s too early to focus on any specific theory.
He said at a press conference on Saturday night: “It will only take some time.” “We are looking for all possible motives. [and] Our investigation team is doing its best. “
When asked whether the AT&T building might be a target, Konensky said: “We are studying all possible motivations that may be involved.”
On Sunday, the mayor of Nashville seemed to indicate that the 5G conspiracy theory may be related to the investigation. John Cooper said in “Face the Nation” by CBS: “For all of us in the local area, it feels like we must have a certain relationship with AT&T facilities and explosion sites. contact.”
“This is just local knowledge, because it has to be related to the infrastructure.”
Cooper has been in close contact with the investigating federal and local law enforcement agencies and the Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who asked Donald Trump to submit a federal disaster statement.
Meanwhile, the President played golf in Florida on Sunday, and the White House did not respond to Lee’s request.
The explosion occurred early on Christmas morning, and the police rushed to the scene due to the shooting and tried to evacuate local residents. The sinister recording from the RV contained a woman’s voice, dotted with music clips, warning of an impending explosion.
The explosion caused billowing black smoke and flames in the center of the tourist area of downtown Nashville. The lives of two policemen were not threatened.
Civil and emergency communications networks in other cities such as Nashville and Louisville, Knoxville, Birmingham and Atlanta are affected.
AT&T said on Sunday that as the company is working to restore its heavily damaged buildings, it is rerouting services to other facilities. The company said in a statement that it will introduce resources to help restore the affected voice and data services, and expects that by the end of the day, the site will have 24 more disaster recovery equipment trailers.
Ray Neville, president of technology at T-Mobile, another mobile phone network provider, said on Twitter: “We continue to see service interruptions. The restoration will take place around the clock and we will provide you with the latest progress.”
The suspension caused a short suspension of flights at Nashville International Airport, although services had resumed normal on Saturday night. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued restrictions on flights around the airport until December 30.
Cooper signed a civilian emergency declaration in the area affected by the explosion in Nashville, including a curfew.
The Associated Press contributed to this report