NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - As cleanup continues in downtown Nashville after the Christmas day bombing, the mayor discussed the cleanup efforts on Thursday morning.
Mayor John Cooper talked about several topics during his weekly COVID news conference. However, the focus of the discussion was the investigation into the explosion last Friday.
"We will reclaim and rebuild historic downtown Nashville," Cooper said. “We will rebuild like we’ve done oh year...working together.”
Cooper said he is waiting on the emergency declaration to be signed so those impacted can start to receive federal aid. Gov. Bill Lee has requested emergency declaration for support and relief due to the explosion.
On December 25, an RV exploded outside an AT&T transmission building in the area of Second Avenue North. Both local authorities and the FBI have tied Anthony Quinn Warner to the explosion.
In total, the Office of Emergency Management said the blast impacted 1,200 employees and more than 45 businesses. Command 1 Mobile unit has been stationed at Riverfront Park to support federal, state, and local authorities with recovery efforts.
Police release new information about the adults taken to the hospital after the Nashville explosion. Police said one person was unresponsive, but it was not related to the bombing. A cancer patient who had to leave their medication behind and someone with a previous illness who wanted to be checked out was also taken to the hospital, police said. Hours later, police said Officer Tyler Luellen was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Metro Codes gained access to the buildings on Thursday afternoon to "assess buildings for safety and FEMA purposes" and allowed property owners to see the damage. All week it was only accessible for federal government officials.
"Yesterday afternoon, inspectors for Metro Codes assessed all affected properties in accordance to FEMA guidelines," Director of Metro Codes Bill Herbert said. "We have partnered with structural engineers to assist us with the assessment of buildings to assess structural integrity. We will work with property owners to expedite permits for the rehabilitation of the vast majority of affected buildings."
Metro Codes is expected to finish these inspections on Friday.
Metro Codes will work with the property owners "to expedite permits for the rehabilitation of the vast majority of affected properties" or determine if demolition is required.
On Wednesday morning, Gov. Bill Lee told the media that he had talked with President Donald Trump about the bombing. Lee has requested emergency declaration for support and relief due to the explosion.
"Because this area is so precious to Nashville for historical and aesthetic reasons, all permits for rehab or demolition will be reviewed and approved by both the Planning Department and Historical Commission prior to issuance," Metro Codes said in a statement on Friday.
Investigators are exploring several conspiracy theories as to potential motives behind the bombing to give you some insight into Warner's mind-set. Investigators are probing whether he believed in an internet conspiracy involving lizard-like people taking over society.
The explosion on Christmas morning damaged more than 40 buildings and injured at least eight people in Nashville.
Investigators said they're also looking into Warner's RV trips. According to the suspect's statements to others, he would camp out and hunt possible aliens.
Neighbors are still in shock about what they're learning about the man that lived next store.
Authorities are looking at 5G paranoia as a potential motive.
News4 Investigates has confirmed FBI agents spent Saturday speaking with a top Nashville real estate agent, who contacted them after fearing the subcontractor who worked for him may be the same man whose home they were searching.
Metro Police officers and an FBI Evidence Response Team will make available to "find evidence from the explosion that was not detected earlier."
There is no temporary flight restriction over the area. The FBI turned over the blast site to Metro Police on Thursday afternoon.