Did the bombing in Nashville even happen?

Autumn Page, Marketing Director

A bombing took place on Christmas Day in Nashville, Tenn., and chances are, you didn’t hear about it. 

Around six in the morning on Dec. 25, Nashville police officers heard what they thought was gunfire, but they found a recreational vehicle (R.V.), with the message of a bomb set to detonate in 15 minutes.

I know what you’re thinking, and no, it’s not the start to a movie. 

The R.V. exploded, resulting in eight injured and 41 damaged businesses. If it weren’t for the warning from the bomber, the explosion would have resulted in more injuries. Police said the explosion was deliberate, because the area draws thousands of people nightly.  

This sounds like a “possible” terrorist or an extremist approach to a situation, so why did I only hear about it days after it happened? Why were there two warnings, the sounds of gunfire then the actual warning?

You might be thinking, “maybe you’re just not informed.”

While that’s possible, even doing research to write this, I couldn’t find an article related to the actual bombing. The most I found were updates regarding the bomber, but nothing about the low coverage and how Nashville is handling the damage. 

This Washington Post article shows videos of the explosion and pictures of the R.V. There’s little about this bombing compared to some of the other events that happened recently. 

No, COVID-19 doesn’t count. It didn’t attract a lot of social media either. 

When looking at #nashvilleexplosion on Twitter, the results have nothing to do with what happened. 

Possible human remains were identified, maybe from the R.V. or maybe not, which I think is kind of a big deal? 

The bomber was later identified as Anthony Quinn Warner through the R.V.’s vehicle identification number (VIN). An alleged ex-girlfriend, said that Warner had been building bombs previously in the vehicle. Moreover, the police knew about this back in 2019. 

I don’t want to sound like an annoying person, but isn’t that kind of worrisome? If your significant other is casually building bombs in their vehicle?

The police said they did everything they could legally, but who trusts the police these days? ACAB. Like everything else, this wasn’t given much coverage in the media either. 

I get it, 2020 was a year from hell and we all should never speak of it again, but something like this happening on Christmas should get more coverage. Also, the perplexity of the entire situation should’ve gotten more coverage. Police are unsure of what to call it, is it a terrorist attack? Is it not? Why were there deliberate warnings? Injuries were limited in the explosion, so what was it for?

The whole thing is confusing, and maybe it wasn’t covered because it was Christmas, or maybe the city didn’t want tons of conspiracy theories circling around.

Either way, more people should be aware of what happened, and question why it was kept so hush-hush.