Nashville Explosion Preceded by 1960s Song ‘Downtown’ Playing From RV Speakers: Officer – Newsweek

During a news briefing on Sunday, officers at the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) said music played from the suspect’s RV before the Nashville Christmas Day explosion.

Metro Officer Tyler Luellen, one of six officers who spoke during the MNPD’s briefing, said right before the blast in Nashville, the suspect or suspects alleged RV made an announcement to evacuate the area followed by a countdown.

After the countdown, the officer claimed that music began to play from the RV.

“What I remember was ‘downtown, where the light shine bright,” said Luellen, referencing the song that was playing, as he and his fellow officers worked quickly to evacuate people in the Second Avenue North and Commerce Street area.

The officer said he looked up the song later and found out it was the 1960s hit “Downtown” by British singer Petula Clark.

“When you’re alone and life is making you lonely/You can always go downtown/When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry/Seems to help, I know, downtown,” Clark sings at the beginning of the track.

Clark’s hit song was also featured in the television series Lost multiple times, as it was used to eerie effect during the show.

"Intentional" Explosion Rattles Nashville On Christmas Day
In this handout image provided by the Metro Nashville Police Department, a screengrab of surveillance footage shows the recreational vehicle suspected of being used in the Christmas day bombing on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Officers said music was playing from the RV before the blast.
Photo by Metro Nashville Police Department via Getty Images

During the briefing, police officer James Wells also revealed the RV had cameras mounted about the car’s mirrors.

“There was also cameras on the RV like surveillance cameras about the mirror,” said Wells. “It felt like whoever was behind it was watching us.”

Wells said he suffered from temporary hearing loss following the explosion and Luellen was knocked to the ground.

Three other people were sent to the area’s hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, according to the MNPD.

Investigators are trying to establish a motive for the explosion caused by the suspect, Anthony Quinn Warner.

Some speculate the blast was likely a result of a suicide bombing, as reported human remains were found in the RV following the explosion.

Senior law enforcement officials previously confirmed to Newsweek that investigators are set to take a DNA test from Warner’s mother to determine whether the remains found belonged to him.

“Assuming this is the mother of the bomber, the FBI labs are in 48-72 hour turnaround for confirmation,” one of the senior law enforcement sources previously told Newsweek.

The FBI is also looking into whether Warner acted in response to 5G conspiracy theories.

The MNPD told Newsweek they didn’t have any further comment and said to refer to Luellen’s remarks made during the news conference.

Newsweek reached out to Clark, but didn’t hear back in time for publication.


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