FBI agents are probing whether the prime suspect in the Nashville bombing was a computer expert who was paranoid about 5G.
Anthony Quinn Warner has been named as a person of interest in the case after an RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day.
Mystery surrounded the horror blast which injured three people and turned a street into a warzone – with no arrests or motive.
Feds are however reportedly investigating claims that Warner, described by neighbors and pals as a "techie guy", was obsessed with 5G.
It has been reported the 63-year-old may have been paranoid that the technology was being used to spy on Americans, reports NBC.
5G conspiracy theories have flourished during the coronavirus pandemic, with various baseless claims being spread on social media.
The probe comes as another riddle emerged in the case, as it was revealed Warner had signed over $409,000 worth of property to Michelle Swing, 29, in California.
Her relationship with the bombing suspect remains unclear, and she is not suspected of any wrongdoing in the case.
Pals and neighbors have painted a picture of the suspect, with claims he surrounded his home in Nashville with "No Trespassing" signs.
Real estate agent Steve Fridrich told NBC he phoned the FBI after seeing Warner's name on the news.
He said he had employed him for a number of years to do IT work for him – including as recently as this month.
Fridrich revealed that FBI agents quizzed him about whether Warner had ever spoken about being paranoid about 5G.
"Nice guy. You know, he was a techie guy — don’t mean anything negative about that” Fridrich said.
“He would do this thing and leave. He didn’t bother anybody. He did his thing and left.
He revealed that Warner last spoke to him about camping, and an RV with a striking resemblance with the one which exploded had been seen at his home.
Warner and his RV remain missing – and investigators are probing whether the explosion may have been a suicide attack as human remains were found inside.
Tony Rodriguez, who lives within the duplex that agents raided on Saturday, said Warner would keep 'No Trespassing' signs around his property – and especially around his RV.
He added he would often see his neighbor tinkering the antenna above his home, and claimed FBI agents removed computer parts from the property during the search.
What is 5G, and is it safe?
HERE is what you need to know…
- Just like 4G (and 3G before that), 5G is simply a new generation of mobile internet
- Phone networks have tweaked the technology to deliver faster speeds – and have dubbed it the "5th generation", or 5
- ll signals fall on the electromagnetic spectrum – from radio waves, to X-rays, and even visible light
- Phone networks use microwaves of a very specific frequency to deliver the internet to your iPhone or Android mobile
- This was true of 3G and 4G, and it's still true with 5G
- In the UK, 4G signals generally sit between 800MHz and 2.6GHz on the electromagnetic spectrum
- 5G is a little higher at 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz, but that's tiny when you consider that microwaves go up to 300GHz
- And visible light comes in at a range of around 430THz to 770THz
- That's more than a thousand times higher than the maximum microwave – and 100,000 higher than 5G
- Dangerous radiation, like UV rays, X-rays and gamma rays are also far higher up the spectrum still
- Online conspiracy theorists are claiming that 5G can cause harm
- Early theories suggested 5G could lead to cancer – and now crackpots have linked it to coronavirus too
- But it's simply impossible for 5G to cause any of these problems
- Radiation damages cells by breaking them apart, but 5G microwaves simply lack the power to do this
- 5G is a low-frequency radiation, far below infrared and visible light
- In fact, it's essential that 5G is low-frequency, because higher frequencies are less useful at delivering mobile signals over large areas
- We know that this level of radiation is safe, because otherwise the visible light from our televisions would have killed us a long time ago
Steven Stone, 61, said he had seen an RV parked outside Warner's place which was similar to the explosion.
"When I looked out my window and saw all the law enforcement that's when it hit me that I'd see the camper up there," he told USA Today.
Sources close to the federal investigation told New4 that agents were actively probing Warner's views on 5G.
The explosive RV was positioned near an AT&T transmission building, with speculation the telecoms giant may have been the target of the blast.
Warner is the prime suspect as DNA from the scene was sent to be cross referenced with his others to identify the remains.
The FBI said the RV arrived at roughly 1.22am Central time in central Nashville while investigators believe the blast was an "intentional act."
The explosion damaged at least 41 businesses in the area and caused one building to partially collapse, reports say.
Cops and witnesses said they heard the motor home playing a recorded warning telling people to evacuate.
One witness told the news outlet the recording stated: "This vehicle has a bomb, if you can hear this message, you need to evacuate."
According to the witness, the warning was played shortly after 5.30am and continued for approximately 30minutes.
It then reportedly changed to a 15 minutes countdown urging people to evacuate.
President Donald Trump has since been briefed on the explosion and will "continue to receive regular updates," White House spokesperson Judd Deere said.
"The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured."
Cops were reportedly en route to the suspicious vehicle when it exploded.
The police were initially responding to reports of shots being fired, investigators said, with it believed gunshots could be heard on the RV's recorded message.
Cops also responded to reports of a recording coming from an RV that said "a potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes."
This led to officers evacuating surrounding buildings before the vehicle exploded – knocking one officer to the ground.
Roughly 30 people were evacuated from upper lofts on Second and Broadway near Commerce Street in Tennessee.
The FBI has asked anyone with information on the incident to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), their local FBI office, or the closest American Embassy or Consulate.
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