Nashville bomb: Police arrest US man after playing 'similar audio' to Christmas explosion from his truck

A live stream from a local US news channel showed the bomb disposal robot investigating the white box van, as police watched on.

FOX 17 NEWS/FACEBOOK A live stream from a local US news channel showed the bomb disposal robot investigating the white box van, as police watched on.

A sheriff's office in Tennessee says the driver of a box truck that was heard playing audio at a convenience store outside of Nashville has been booked into jail on felony charges.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office says members of a church and customers at the nearby market where the white box truck was spotted Monday (NZT) heard the driver playing audio "similar to what was heard" before a recreational vehicle exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day.

Sargent Steve Craig says deputies were called to investigate reports of the truck driver playing audio "loudly" outside the market, and later learned that the man was also accused of similar actions outside a church during a service.

The sheriff's office said in a statement that 33-year-old driver James Turgeon has been detained and charged with two counts of felony filing a false report and one count of tampering with evidence.

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol said a robot was sent to investigate the truck and no device was found.

Officials say Turgeon received the evidence tampering charge because he "damaged the speaker system wiring intentionally."

James Turgeon, 33, was arrested after playing audio similar to the Christmas bombing from a van.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office James Turgeon, 33, was arrested after playing audio similar to the Christmas bombing from a van.

Turgeon is being held on £500,000 bond, authorities said.

US officials: Suspect in Nashville explosion died in blast

The man believed to be responsible for the Christmas Day bombing that tore through downtown Nashville blew himself up in the explosion, and appears to have acted alone, federal officials said Sunday (local time).

Investigators used DNA and other evidence to link the man, identified as Anthony Quinn Warner, to the mysterious explosion but said they have not determined a motive.

Officials have received hundreds of tips and leads, but have concluded that no one other than Warner is believed to have been involved in the early morning explosion that damaged dozens of buildings and injured three people.

While officials have named Anthony Quinn Warner as the man behind the mysterious explosion in which he was killed, the motive has remained elusive.

FBI VIA AP

While officials have named Anthony Quinn Warner as the man behind the mysterious explosion in which he was killed, the motive has remained elusive.

"Nashville is considered safe," said Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake. "There are no known threats against this city."

In publicly identifying the suspect and his fate, officials disclosed a major breakthrough in their investigation even as they acknowledged the lingering mystery behind the explosion, which took place on a holiday morning well before downtown streets were bustling with activity and was accompanied by a recorded announcement warning anyone nearby that a bomb would soon detonate.

Then, for reasons that may never be known, the audio switched to a recording of Petula Clark's 1964 hit Downtown shortly before the blast.

Investigators have not uncovered a singular motive for the act nor was it revealed why Warner had selected the particular location for the bombing, which damaged an AT&T building and has continued to wreak havoc on cellphone service and police and hospital communications in several Southern states as the company worked to restore service.

AP

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