The former president of the Maldives was injured in an explosion as he was entering his car in the capital city: reports

Mohammed Nasheed, the democratically elected president of the Maldives who was later deposed by a coup, speaks at the press conference of the 2017 Oslo Freedom on Forum May 22, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in central Oslo, Norway.
Mohammed Nasheed, the democratically elected president of the Maldives who was later deposed by a coup, speaks at the press conference of the 2017 Oslo Freedom on Forum May 22, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in central Oslo, Norway.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed was injured in an explosion in Malé, Maldives police said on Thursday.

Police said Nasheed, who is now the Speaker of the People’s Majlis, is receiving treatment at a hospital.

Local media, translated by Reuters reporter Mohamed Junayd, said that Nasheed was entering his car when the explosion occurred.

“Police are currently active on the scene and we urge the public to refrain from going to that area for the time being,” Maldives Police said on Twitter. “We will keep updating the public.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for more details.

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SpaceX hopes to launch and land a new prototype of its Starship mega-rocket next week. The last 3 exploded.

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Elon Musk (right) needs Starships to stop exploding (left) to realize his dream of a fully reusable mega-rocket.

Starship launches have become a regular occurrence at SpaceX’s rocket-development facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. For the second time this month, the company is preparing to fly an advanced prototype of its next spaceship. That could happen as early as Monday.

Called Starship serial No. 11, or SN11, the prototype is set to roar tens of thousands of feet into the air, shut off its engines, flip sideways, then freefall back to Earth. Four wing flaps should control the rocket’s fall, and its engines should re-fire just in time to flip it upright and lower it to the landing pad.

SpaceX has launched three such high-altitude test flights already, but each ended with a catastrophic explosion. The first two prototypes, SN8 and SN9, slammed into the landing pad at high speed and exploded immediately. The third, SN10, landed in one piece but blew up 10 minutes later.

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From left to right: The SN8, SN9, and SN10 explosions.

All these prototypes represent the upper stage of a two-part system: Eventually, a roughly 23-story booster called Super Heavy would heave the Starship spaceship toward orbit. The whole system is meant to be fully and rapidly reusable, which could enable SpaceX to slash the cost of reaching space 1,000-fold.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s long-term vision is for the system to fly astronauts to the moon and power hypersonic travel on Earth. He has said he plans to build 1,000 Starships in order to carry people and cargo to Mars and establish a Martian settlement.

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Spectators gather to watch SpaceX roll out the SN11 prototype.

SpaceX was preparing the prototype for flight on Friday, after conducting a static-fire engine test, but appeared to cancel those plans about five hours before the launch window closed.

“Standing down SN11 until probably Monday,” Musk tweeted Friday afternoon. “Additional checkouts are needed. Doing our best to land & fully recover.”

We will update this post once SpaceX confirms the launch date.

Watch the Starship prototype fly live

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A screengrab from a SpaceX livestream shows SN10 ascending in the skies above Boca Chica, Texas on March 3, 2021.

SpaceX is expected to broadcast the test flight live, as it did with the last three. That livestream will be embedded below once it becomes available. In the meantime, a few fans of the company are broadcasting from the launch facilities.

LabPadre offers six unique views of the Starship launch site. Below is the channel’s main 4K-resolution feed.

For a more distant view of the launch site – broadcast from the top of a resort in South Padre Island about 6 miles away – check out SPadre’s 24-hour live feed.

NASASpaceflight offers broadcasts with multiple high-quality camera views and input from a group of knowledgeable commentators. Their livestream will be embedded below once it’s available.

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SpaceX hopes to launch and land a new prototype of its Starship mega-rocket on Friday. The last 3 exploded.

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Elon Musk (right) needs Starships to stop exploding (left) to realize his dream of a fully reusable mega-rocket.

Starship launches have become a regular occurrence at SpaceX’s rocket-development facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. For the second time this month, the company is preparing to fly an advanced prototype of its next spaceship. That could happen as early as Friday or over the weekend.

Called Starship serial No. 11, or SN11, the prototype could launch as early as Friday. It’s set to roar tens of thousands of feet into the air, shut off its engines, flip sideways, then freefall back to Earth. Four wing flaps should control the rocket’s fall, and its engines should re-fire just in time to flip it upright and lower it to the landing pad.

SpaceX has launched three such high-altitude test flights already, but each ended with a catastrophic explosion. The first two prototypes, SN8 and SN9, slammed into the landing pad at high speed and exploded immediately. The third, SN10, landed in one piece but blew up 10 minutes later.

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From left to right: The SN8, SN9, and SN10 explosions.

All these prototypes represent the upper stage of a two-part system: Eventually, a roughly 23-story booster called Super Heavy would heave the Starship spaceship toward orbit. The whole system is meant to be fully and rapidly reusable, which could enable SpaceX to slash the cost of reaching space 1,000-fold.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s long-term vision is for the system to fly astronauts to the moon and power hypersonic travel on Earth. He has said he plans to build 1,000 Starships in order to carry people and cargo to Mars and establish a Martian settlement.

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Spectators gather to watch SpaceX roll out the SN11 prototype.

Before SpaceX can try to fly and land SN11, it has to conduct a new static fire test, which involves clamping down the rocket and test-firing its engines. Earlier this week, the prototype’s first static fire revealed that one of the Raptor engines needed to be replaced, so it has to try again before launch.

In a unique twist, documentation from the Federal Aviation Administration indicates that SpaceX will try to conduct the static fire on Friday, then reload the engines and fly SN11 before the day is over. The company has until 7:30 p.m. CT – when a local road closure ends – to accomplish the dual feat.

Watch the Starship prototype fly live

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A screengrab from a SpaceX livestream shows SN10 ascending in the skies above Boca Chica, Texas on March 3, 2021.

SpaceX is expected to broadcast the test flight live, as it did with the last three. That livestream will be embedded below once it becomes available. In the meantime, a few fans of the company are broadcasting from the launch facilities.

NASASpaceflight offers broadcasts with multiple high-quality camera views and input from a group of knowledgeable commentators.

LabPadre offers six unique views of the Starship launch site. Below is the channel’s main 4K-resolution feed.

For a more distant view of the launch site – broadcast from the top of a resort in South Padre Island about 6 miles away – check out SPadre’s 24-hour live feed.

The FAA has issued an airspace closure over the area, with further closures on Saturday and Sunday – backup dates in case SpaceX misses the Friday launch window. Both air and road closures are required for launch.

However, these closures can be rescheduled if SpaceX is not ready to fly. Ahead of the SN9 flight, new closures were posted week after week before SpaceX made any launch attempt. We will update this post once SpaceX confirms the launch date for SN11.

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SpaceX hopes to launch and land a new prototype of its Starship mega-rocket this week. The last 3 exploded.

starship explosion sn10 elon musk thumb
Elon Musk (right) needs Starships to stop exploding (left) to realize his dream of a fully reusable mega-rocket.

Starship launches have become a regular occurrence at SpaceX’s rocket-development facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. For the second time this month, the company is preparing to fly an advanced prototype of its next spaceship.

Called Starship serial No. 11, or SN11, the prototype could launch as early as Tuesday. It’s set to roar tens of thousands of feet into the air, shut off its engines, flip sideways, then freefall back to Earth. Four wing flaps should control the rocket’s fall, and its engines should re-fire just in time to flip it upright and lower it to the landing pad.

SpaceX has launched three such high-altitude test flights already, but each ended with a catastrophic explosion. The first two prototypes, SN8 and SN9, slammed into the landing pad at high speed and exploded immediately. The third, SN10, landed in one piece but blew up 10 minutes later.

starship prototype explosions collage spacex boca chica spadre
From left to right: The SN8, SN9, and SN10 explosions.

All these prototypes represent the upper stage of a two-part system: Eventually, a roughly 23-story booster called Super Heavy would heave the Starship spaceship toward orbit. The whole system is meant to be fully and rapidly reusable, which could enable SpaceX to slash the cost of reaching space 1,000-fold.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s long-term vision is for the system to fly astronauts to the moon and power hypersonic travel on Earth. He has said he plans to build 1,000 Starships in order to carry people and cargo to Mars and establish a Martian settlement.

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Spectators gather to watch SpaceX roll out the SN11 prototype.

SpaceX may try to fly and land SN11 as early as this week. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued airspace closures in the area for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and the Cameron County judge has issued local road-closure notices for Wednesday and Thursday. Both air and road closures are required for launch.

However, these closures can be rescheduled if SpaceX is not ready to fly. Ahead of the SN9 flight, new closures were posted week after week before SpaceX made any launch attempt. We will update this post once SpaceX confirms a launch date for SN11.

Watch the Starship prototype fly live

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A screengrab from a SpaceX livestream shows SN10 ascending in the skies above Boca Chica, Texas on March 3, 2021.

SpaceX is expected to broadcast the test flight live, as it did with the last three. That livestream will be embedded below once it becomes available.

In the meantime, a few fans of the company are broadcasting preparation activities at the launch facilities. Some of their video feeds captured a static-fire test last week – that’s when SpaceX fires a rocket’s engines to test them ahead of flight.

LabPadre offers six unique views of the Starship launch site. Below is the channel’s main 4K-resolution feed.

For a more distant view of the launch site – broadcast from the top of a resort in South Padre Island about 6 miles away – check out SPadre’s 24-hour live feed.

NASASpaceflight also covers events at Boca Chica, offering broadcasts with multiple high-quality camera views and input from commentators. Their livestream of the launch will added once it’s available as well.

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The biggest volcano eruptions in recorded history

  • The Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) ranks volcano eruptions by size and power.
  • The scale goes from VEI-0 to VEI-8 and measures ash, lava, and rock ejected.
  • VEI-1 is a gentle eruption that can happen frequently. Italy’s Mt. Stromboli has been erupting almost continuously for 2,000 years.
  • VEI-6s are colossal eruptions every 100 years. The 1883 explosion of Krakatoa was the most famous of these.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Earth has had a dramatic history, filled with its share of angry outbursts. Here’s how the largest volcanic eruptions measure up.

The Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) ranks eruptions by size and power. The scale goes from VEI-0 to VEI-8. It measures ash, lava, and rock ejected.

VEI-0 are usually a steady trickle of lava instead of an explosion. An example is the Hawaiian volcano of Kīlauea.

Next is VEI-1, a gentle eruption that can happen frequently. Italy’s Mt. Stromboli has been erupting almost continuously for 2,000 years.

VEI-2s consist of several mild explosions a month. Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung has been erupting since 2013.

VEI-3 are catastrophic eruptions that happen every few months. Lassen Peak in Northern California had a VEI-3 in 1915.

VEI-4s happen about every other year. In 2010, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull grounded thousands of flights.

At VEI-5 things start getting more dramatic. Both Mt. Vesuvius (79 AD) and Mt. St. Helens (1980) were VEI-5s.

VEI-6s are colossal eruptions every 100 years. The 1883 explosion of Krakatoa was the most famous of these.

VEI-7 eruptions occur every 1,000 years. The most recent was Indonesia’s Mt. Tambora in 1815.

VEI-8 is a devastating explosive eruption every 50,000 years. The Yellowstone Caldera would reach this level if it were to erupt.

Let’s all just keep our cool.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published on November 1, 2017.

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Explosions rocked airport in Yemen as new Yemeni government arrived from Saudi Arabia, killing at least 25 and injuring dozens more

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  • A huge explosion hit an airport in Aden, Yemen, minutes after a convoy carrying Yemen’s newly-sworn in cabinet government landed from Riyadh.  
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Yemen’s new government and the Saudi-led coaltion have charged Houthi-rebels with orchestrating the attack.
  • According to the Associated Press, at least 25 people were killed and 110 were wounded in the blast.
  • Many news channels captured the tragic moment live while reporting on the potential for a breakthrough in Yemen’s decade long civil war.
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A massive explosion rocked the airport in Aden, Yemen, early Wednesday, minutes after a plane landed from Saudi Arabia carrying members of Yemen’s newly formed cabinet.

According to the Associated Press, at least 25 people were killed and 110 were wounded in the blast.

In scenes broadcast live on several news channels, after the first explosion, civilians and security officers ran away as cameras panned out to the blast, while the politicians scurried away to safety. Images and videos from the blast show chaotic scenes in the aftermath, as well as a smoke and debris-filled airport with bodies strewn around inside terminals.

 

No government officials on the plane were hurt by the blast, per the AP report.

Yemeni Communication Minister Naguib al-Awg, a passenger on the plane, told the AP that the attacks may have been drone attacks, stating there were multiple.

“It would have been a disaster if the plane was bombed,” al-Awg said, claiming that the plane was the target and was scheduled to land earlier.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Yemen’s government has charged that Iran-backed Houthi rebels targeted the airport with ballistic missiles. Officials reported a second explosion near the presidential palace, where the new cabinet members were transferred after the first attack. 

The announcement and introduction of a revitalized cabinet in Yemen potentially offered a new chance for collaboration between Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates.

Throughout the course of the decade-long humanitarian crisis and war, which has gripped Yemen, Hadi’s government has at times sided with UAE-backed separatists and been supported by a US and Saudi-led military campaign, which has targeted Houthi rebels, who control swaths of Northern Yemen as well as the capital Sanaa. At least 233,000 Yemenis have been killed throughout the war from indirect and direct causes, according to the UN.

Several high-ranking Yemeni officials responded to the attack, as did humanitarian organizations on the ground in Aden, a highly disputed port city.

Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed tweeted that he and his cabinet were unharmed, calling the attacks a “cowardly terrorist act.”

Health Minister Qasem Buhaibuh tweeted that at least 25 people were killed and 110 others were wounded, adding that many were seriously wounded.

Several humanitarian workers and journalists were killed in the blast.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said that three workers were killed in the Aden blast. “This is a tragic day for the ICRC and for the people of Yemen,” said Dominik Stillhart, ICRC’s director of operations.

Yemeni Belqees TV, a Yemeni news channel, said that reporter Adeeb al-Ganabi was killed in the airport blast, and Yemeni Information Minister Moammer al-Iryani added that at least 10 other journalists reporting on the historic arrival were wounded.

The Yemeni prime minister also tweeted a video after the attack, and said his government was in Aden “to stay.” 

After Houthi rebels took over Sanaa in 2014, Aden has largely been Hadi’s base. The plane carrying Yemen’s new cabinet was returning from Riyadh, where they were sworn in last week after striking a deal with the separatists. 

Yemen’s internationally recognized government has largely operated from Riyadh during the war, where cabinet members have been self-exiled.

The UN Secretary-General and several embassies issued statements condemning the attack as well.

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DNA found at the scene of the Christmas day explosion in Nashville matches 63-year-old ‘person of interest’

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Police close off an area damaged by an explosion on Christmas morning on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • DNA remains found at the scene of the Nashville bombing on Christmas Day matched that of 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, The New York Times reported Sunday.
  • The explosion in Nashville linked to a parked RV left three people injured and destroyed much of a downtown street on Christmas Day.
  • Warner was identified by police earlier Sunday as a “person of interest” in connection to the explosion, according to multiple reports. 
  • “Anthony Warner is the bomber,” Donald Cochran, the US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said at a news conference, citing The Times report. “He was present when the bomb went off and he perished in the bombing.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

DNA of human remains found at the scene of the Nashville bombing on Christmas Day match 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Warner was identified earlier Sunday by police as a “person of interest” in connection to the downtown Nashville bombing that occurred early on Christmas morning and injured three people, according to CBS News.

“Anthony Warner is the bomber,” Donald Cochran, the US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said at a news conference, citing The Times report. “He was present when the bomb went off and he perished in the bombing.”

Federal agents converged on Warner’s home in Antioch, Tennessee, on Saturday afternoon and conducted a search. Warner owned an RV that appeared to be a similar make and model to the one used in Friday’s explosion, according to CBS.  

Authorities said Friday they believed the blast was “intentional.”

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Law enforcement officers investigate the house belonging to Anthony Quinn Warner, a 63 year-old man who has been reported to be of interest in the Nashville bombing, on December 26, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

CNN reported Saturday that investigators also believe the explosion may have been a suicide bombing, citing two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.

Police and witnesses reported that the RV emitted an audio recording warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes and urging them to flee. 

One local business owner told The Tennessean that the RV had been there since at least Thursday night.

“It’s a miracle that no residents were killed,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee in a Saturday morning tweet. Lee said he and his wife toured the site where the explosion occurred and saw “shocking” damage. 

 

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced on Saturday that the city will enter a curfew until Sunday afternoon. “This is an active crime scene,” Cooper said. “I would encourage people not to come to downtown Nashville until that curfew is lifted.”

Tennessee’s governor requested federal aid to assist recovery efforts

President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden had been briefed on the incident, the Hill reported.

“The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured,” said White House spokesperson Judd Deere. 

On Saturday morning, Gov. Lee tweeted out a request for Trump to declare an emergency and allocate federal aid to support recovery efforts. 

“Preliminary reports show 41 businesses were damaged by the explosion. These buildings, many of which are historic, and others will need to be assessed by an engineer for structural integrity and safety,” he wrote in a letter requesting emergency assistance.

“The severity and magnitude of the current situation is such that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments,” he added in the letter. “As a result, federal assistance under the Stafford Act is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources.” 

The Stafford Act allows a president to declare an incident or circumstance a national emergency and move federal resources to aid those affected by it.

‘It felt like a bomb.’

Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, told the Associated Press: “All my windows, every single one of them got blown into the next room. If I had been standing there it would have been horrible.” 

“It felt like a bomb. It was that big,” he added. Local reports said the explosion could be heard from miles away.

Police say the explosion occurred outside a building on Second Avenue North. They closed a 10-block radius around the explosion site.

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Plumes of smoke rise next to the Regions Building near the explosion reported in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning

Authorities are not aware of whether anyone was inside the vehicle. 

CBS News first reported that possible human remains were found near the explosion, but law enforcement told the outlet it’s still unclear whether the remains belonged to a victim or someone connected to the explosion. 

Local and federal agencies, including the FBI, are investigating the incident, according to a press release from the Nashville Police Department. The area has been shut down to accommodate the investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily barred pilots from flying through the airspace above the explosion cite, classifying it as “national Defense Airspace,” according to ABC affiliate WKRN. Pilots flying into the area “may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel,” WKRN reported.

Service interruptions

As the Tennessean reported, the explosion caused damage to AT&T facilities, which affected service for some in Nashville and other nearby areas, a spokesperson told the outlet. Flights from the Nashville International Airport and emergency lines like 911 access to police was also disrupted as a result of the explosion, the Tennessean reported. 

AT&T is actively working with local authorities to repair services, as well as dispatched national disaster recovery teams to fix the problem, the company said in a statement Friday evening.

“Power is essential to restoring wireless and wireline communications and we are working with law enforcement to get access to our equipment and make needed repairs. Given the damage to our facility, it will take time to restore service,” the statement said. “We have already rerouted significant traffic from this facility and are bringing in other equipment, including numerous portable cell sites to the area.”

In a tweet shortly after the incident, Gov. Lee expressed his condolences for those injured.

“We will supply all of the resources needed to determine what happened and who was responsible,” he said, adding he is “praying for those who were injured and we thank all of our first responders who acted so quickly this morning.”

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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Investigators believe the Nashville blast was a suspected suicide bombing. Human remains found at the explosion site, reports say.

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: FBI and first responders work the scene after an explosion on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • An explosion in Nashville linked to a parked RV left three people injured and destroyed much of a downtown street on Christmas Day.
  • Investigators now believe that the explosion could have been the result of a suicide bombing, according to CNN.
  • Human remains were found near the site of the blast. The FBI is now trying to locate the mother of a suspected bomber to see if they belong to him.
  • The blast had already been referred to as “intentional” and “deliberate” by local officials.
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Investigators looking into the Christmas Day blast on a Nashville street now believe that the huge explosion was the result of a suicide bombing, two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told CNN.

It follows the news that investigators found human remains near the site of the powerful blast, according to CBS News.

Nashville’s police chief John Drake revealed on Friday evening that tissue had been discovered. 

The tissue was confirmed to be from a human following DNA tests on Saturday, according to a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency seen by USA Today.

It is believed that whoever set off the bomb was likely killed in the explosion, law enforcement sources told CBS News.

FBI agents are now trying to locate the mother of a leading suspect, two law enforcement officers told Newsweek.

On Saturday, multiple news outlets reported that Nashville police were investigating a “person of interest.” He has since been identified as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner.

FBI agents searched Warner’s home in Antioch, Tennessee, on Saturday afternoon. He owned an RV that was a similar make and model to the one used in Friday’s explosion, according to CBS News.

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An image of Anthony Quinn Warner’s RV, outside his home in Antioch, Tennessee.

The RV had previously been pictured in Google Street View searches of Warner’s property, but it has not been seen on his driveway since at least the day of the explosion, reported Newsweek.

On Friday, authorities had already confirmed that the blast was likely ‘intentional’.

Nashville’s mayor John Cooper later said: “Initial evidence does show that it was a deliberate bomb being set off in our community.”

The blast injured three civilians and damaged 41 buildings.

The FBI is currently seeking information on the explosion. More than 500 tips have been received since the blast took place.

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Investigators are searching the home of a ‘person of interest’ in connection with the Nashville blast

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Police close off an area damaged by an explosion on Christmas morning on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • An explosion in Nashville linked to a parked RV left three people injured and destroyed much of a downtown street on Christmas Day.
  • Authorities called the blast “intentional,” and hundreds of investigators quickly fanned out to determine a motive and pinpoint a culprit.
  • Witnesses and authorities reported that shortly before the RV exploded, an audio recording warned that a bomb would go off in 15 minutes and urged people to evacuate.
  • As of Saturday evening, authorities had not yet identified a suspect, but were searching the home of a possible “person of interest.”
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Hundreds of federal investigators continued their search on Saturday for a suspect and motive behind the bomb that obliterated much of a a downtown Nashville street early on Christmas morning and injured three people.

A number of media outlets reported Saturday that police were searching for a “person of interest” in connection with the explosion, whom CBS News identified as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner. 

Federal agents converged on Warner’s home in Antioch, Tennessee, on Saturday afternoon and conducted a search. Warner owned an RV that appeared to be a similar make and model to the one used in Friday’s explosion, according to CBS.  

Authorities said Friday they believed the blast was “intentional.”

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Law enforcement officers investigate the house belonging to Anthony Quinn Warner, a 63 year-old man who has been reported to be of interest in the Nashville bombing, on December 26, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Police and witnesses reported that the RV emitted an audio recording warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes and urging them to flee. 

One local business owner told The Tennessean that the RV had been there since at least Thursday night.

“It’s a miracle that no residents were killed,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee in a Saturday morning tweet. Lee said he and his wife toured the site where the explosion occurred and saw “shocking” damage. 

 

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced on Saturday that the city will enter a curfew until Sunday afternoon. “This is an active crime scene,” Cooper said. “I would encourage people not to come to downtown Nashville until that curfew is lifted.”

Tennessee’s governor requested federal aid to assist recovery efforts

President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden had been briefed on the incident, the Hill reported.

“The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured,” said White House spokesperson Judd Deere. 

On Saturday morning, Gov. Lee tweeted out a request for Trump to declare an emergency and allocate federal aid to support recovery efforts. 

“Preliminary reports show 41 businesses were damaged by the explosion. These buildings, many of which are historic, and others will need to be assessed by an engineer for structural integrity and safety,” he wrote in a letter requesting emergency assistance.

“The severity and magnitude of the current situation is such that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments,” he added in the letter. “As a result, federal assistance under the Stafford Act is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources.” 

The Stafford Act allows a president to declare an incident or circumstance a national emergency and move federal resources to aid those affected by it.

‘It felt like a bomb.’

Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, told the Associated Press: “All my windows, every single one of them got blown into the next room. If I had been standing there it would have been horrible.” 

“It felt like a bomb. It was that big,” he added. Local reports said the explosion could be heard from miles away.

Police say the explosion occurred outside a building on Second Avenue North. They closed a 10-block radius around the explosion site.

Nashville Explosion
Plumes of smoke rise next to the Regions Building near the explosion reported in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning

Authorities are not aware of whether anyone was inside the vehicle. 

CBS News first reported that possible human remains were found near the explosion, but law enforcement told the outlet it’s still unclear whether the remains belonged to a victim or someone connected to the explosion. 

Local and federal agencies, including the FBI, are investigating the incident, according to a press release from the Nashville Police Department. The area has been shut down to accommodate the investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily barred pilots from flying through the airspace above the explosion cite, classifying it as “national Defense Airspace,” according to ABC affiliate WKRN. Pilots flying into the area “may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel,” WKRN reported.

Service interruptions

As the Tennessean reported, the explosion caused damage to AT&T facilities, which affected service for some in Nashville and other nearby areas, a spokesperson told the outlet. Flights from the Nashville International Airport and emergency lines like 911 access to police was also disrupted as a result of the explosion, the Tennessean reported. 

AT&T is actively working with local authorities to repair services, as well as dispatched national disaster recovery teams to fix the problem, the company said in a statement Friday evening.

“Power is essential to restoring wireless and wireline communications and we are working with law enforcement to get access to our equipment and make needed repairs. Given the damage to our facility, it will take time to restore service,” the statement said. “We have already rerouted significant traffic from this facility and are bringing in other equipment, including numerous portable cell sites to the area.”

In a tweet shortly after the incident, Gov. Lee expressed his condolences for those injured.

“We will supply all of the resources needed to determine what happened and who was responsible,” he said, adding he is “praying for those who were injured and we thank all of our first responders who acted so quickly this morning.”

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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Tennessee Gov asks Trump for emergency aid after a parked RV exploded in downtown Nashville in an incident police say was ‘intentional’

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Smoke billows from the site of an explosion in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning.

  • An RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Friday morning, according to local reports.
  • Buildings are damaged, and three people were taken to hospitals. 
  • Local authorities told CNN that they believe the act was done intentionally.
  • A video circulating online appears to show a recording telling people to leave the area just before the explosion set off.
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Local emergency services were dispatched after an explosion rattled downtown Nashville early on Christmas morning, damaging buildings and blowing out windows.

CNN reported that authorities said they believe the incident was done intentionally.

“We do believe this to have been an intentional act,” Don Aaron, a spokesperson with the Metro Nashville Police Department, told CNN. “Significant damage has been done to the infrastructure there on 2nd Avenue North.”

Authorities have not yet named any suspects involved in the explosion, but CBS reported that police have identified people of interest who they believe are connected to the incident. 

At least three people have been transported to hospitals, CNN reported. There have not yet been any reports of critical injuries, a representative of the Nashville fire department told CNN.

“It’s a miracle that no residents were killed,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee in a Saturday morning tweet. Lee said he and his wife toured the site where the explosion occurred and saw “shocking” damage. 

The explosion came from a parked RV, ABC News reported. Emergency crews are attempting to determine the cause of the explosion. One local business owner told The Tennessean that the RV had been there since at least Thursday night.

 

John Drake, chief of the Metro Nashville Police Department, told a local Fox News affiliate that the area was immediately evacuated after one officer noticed an RV playing a recording that warned people to leave the area. 

The recording announced that a bomb would go off in 15 minutes, according to reports. 

“There were a number of people who did evacuate and then we know of some people, it didn’t go off when the message said it would, and so people started coming back in, and then it went off,” Nashville Vice Mayor Jim Shulman told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden had been briefed on the incident, the Hill reported.

“The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured,” said White House spokesperson Judd Deere. 

On Saturday morning, Gov. Lee tweeted out a request for Trump to declare an emergency and allocate federal aid to support recovery efforts. 

“Preliminary reports show 41 businesses were damaged by the explosion. These buildings, many of which are historic, and others will need to be assessed by an engineer for structural integrity and safety,” he wrote in a letter requesting emergency assistance.

“The severity and magnitude of the current situation is such that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments,” he added in the letter. “As a result, federal assistance under the Stafford Act is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources.” 

The Stafford Act allows a president to declare an incident or circumstance a national emergency and move federal resources to aid those affected by it.

 

Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, told the Associated Press: “All my windows, every single one of them got blown into the next room. If I had been standing there it would have been horrible.” 

“It felt like a bomb. It was that big,” he added. Local reports said the explosion could be heard from miles away.

Police say the explosion occurred outside a building on Second Avenue North. They closed a 10-block radius around the explosion site.

Nashville Explosion
Plumes of smoke rise next to the Regions Building near the explosion reported in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning

Authorities are not aware of whether anyone was inside the vehicle. 

CBS News first reported that possible human remains were found near the explosion, but law enforcement told the outlet it’s still unclear whether the remains belonged to a victim or someone connected to the explosion. 

Local and federal agencies, including the FBI, are investigating the incident, according to a press release from the Nashville Police Department. The area has been shut down to accommodate the investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily barred pilots from flying through the airspace above the explosion cite, classifying it as “national Defense Airspace,” according to ABC affiliate WKRN. Pilots flying into the area “may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel,” WKRN reported.

As the Tennessean reported, the explosion caused damage to AT&T facilities, which affected service for some in Nashville and other nearby areas, a spokesperson told the outlet. Flights from the Nashville International Airport and emergency lines like 911 access to police was also disrupted as a result of the explosion, the Tennessean reported. 

AT&T is actively working with local authorities to repair services, as well as dispatched national disaster recovery teams to fix the problem, the company said in a statement Friday evening.

“Power is essential to restoring wireless and wireline communications and we are working with law enforcement to get access to our equipment and make needed repairs. Given the damage to our facility, it will take time to restore service,” the statement said. “We have already rerouted significant traffic from this facility and are bringing in other equipment, including numerous portable cell sites to the area.”

In a tweet shortly after the incident, Gov. Lee expressed his condolences for those injured.

“We will supply all of the resources needed to determine what happened and who was responsible,” he said, adding he is “praying for those who were injured and we thank all of our first responders who acted so quickly this morning.”

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