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Officials Assess Building Damage in Nashville from Christmas Bombing

2021-01-04 17:44:11

Officials are continuing to assess damage to buildings caused by the Christmas Day bombings as law enforcement officials gave media the first opportunity to investigate the blast site in downtown Nashville on Thursday.

The photos show blown out windows, debris from buildings on sidewalks and a dark crater where the bomb

A vehicle destroyed in a Christmas Day explosion will remain on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Officials have named Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, as the man behind the bombing that killed him. (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

went off immediately.

"Our priority is to try to make residents and businesses complete and Metro is working to get business owners and residents back into their properties as soon as possible and to help those who have lost their jobs," Mayor John Cooper told Mayor John Cooper earlier that day. reporters. .

City officials had hoped to complete their assessment of structural damage to the 41 buildings affected on Thursday.

That same day, the FBI announced on social media that two missing cats, Martin and Molly, had been reunited with their owners after one was found under covers on a bed and the other on top of a closet.

Buildings damaged in a Christmas Day explosion can be seen on Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Officials continue to assess the damage to buildings caused by the Christmas Day explosion as law enforcement officials gave media the first opportunity to investigate the bomb site on Thursday. (Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

Gov. Bill Lee has asked the White House for an emergency declaration to release money and resources for affected entrepreneurs. The federal government is reviewing the request.

The explosion, which took place in the heart of Nashville's historic downtown, killed the bomber, injured several people and damaged dozens of buildings. Federal officials continue to investigate the motive of the man they identified as the bomber, 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner.

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