Nashville’s mayor said Sunday that the city’s Christmas blast appeared to be an “infrastructure attack” on the AT&T building there — amid reports the suspect was paranoid about 5G networks spying on Americans.
The possible suicide bombing occurred near the local AT&T building, wreaking havoc on service in several Southern states, while also wiping out a number of locally owned businesses in the historic downtown area with the explosives-laden RV.
“The truck was parked adjacent to this large, historic AT&T facility, which happens to be in downtown Nashville, somewhat surprisingly,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper told CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
“And to all of us locally, it feels like there has to be some connection with the AT&T facility and the site of the bombing,” Cooper said.
“It’s got to have something to do with the infrastructure,” he said.
Suspect Anthony Quinn Warner, a 63-year-old information-technology contractor, was known to be paranoid that the 5G networks were being used to spy on Americans, sources told WSMV. Other conspiracies have tried to link 5G networks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nashville blast caused service outages across the region, including to police departments, emergency services and Nashville International Airport, which temporarily halted flights Christmas Day.
It also disrupted services in several neighboring states, including Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia.
Federal agents have been looking into whether Warner — who police confirmed to the Tennessean is the “person of interest” in the case — was driven by his fears of the powerful 5G networks, sources told numerous local media outlets.
Agents on Saturday morning raided Warner’s home in Antioch, where he reportedly kept an RV that looked identical to the one that exploded downtown Nashville on Christmas morning.
A spokeswoman for the FBI said they could not comment because of the pending investigation.
At&T said Sunday that it had made “significant progress” restoring much of the downed service, which was largely caused by flooding from emergency sprinklers.
“In addition, there is other significant damage to the building from the blast, including to the elevators, some beams/columns, and the building’s façade,” the company said in a statement.
The mayor said his city was still reeling from the attack, especially given the festive timing.
“It’s so shocking that on Christmas morning, this time of greatest hope, you have a bombing, a deliberate bombing. How can this be?” he said on “Face the Nation.”
“And the public, I know, is anxious to try to understand it better,” he said.