Nashville Bombing Left 12 Buildings Collapsed or 'Unsafe', Engineers Say

Engineers have identified 12 buildings that have collapsed or are considered unsafe, including several that require demolition, in downtown Nashville after the Christmas Day bombing.

Officials have identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the man responsible for the explosion that injured three people and damaged dozens of downtown buildings early on December 25.

But they have not provided information on what may have driven Warner to blow up his RV outside the AT&T transmission building, although they are reportedly investigating whether he believed in conspiracy theories involving aliens and 5G cellphone technology.

In the wake of the blast, Metro Nashville Public Works asked engineers from Nashville firm Logan Patri Engineering evaluate buildings along Second Avenue North, from Church Street to Commerce Street, according to a report of the affected buildings obtained by Fox17.

"Due to the impact of the blast, a significant portion of many of the buildings have completely collapsed or on the verge of collapsing," the report said. Other buildings have sustained damage to their facades and structures, the report added. Issues include steel columns shifting and load-bearing masonry walls sustaining cracks.

Damage sustained to building in Nashville explosion
Police close off an area damaged by an explosion on Christmas morning on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

The report said conclusions were based on "rapid visual assessment" and advised city officials to get a "thorough structural evaluation of each building (by an engineer licenses in he state of Tennessee) that has been impacted by the blast."

These are the 12 buildings the report has described as "unsafe":

184 2nd Avenue North, Hooters

The report said the building home to bar and burger chain Hooters is unstable and in danger of imminent collapse. It said the building should remain posted as "unsafe" with only professional construction staff should be permitted to enter.

The report said engineers believe the structural framing of the building will require substantial replacement and that the walls will need to be tied to new framing and retrofitted.

180 Second Avenue North, Nashville Downtown Hostel

The report found this building to also be unstable and advised that it remain as having restricted use, with only professional construction staff permitted entry.

The structural framing and walls will need through evaluation and repair, the report said.

178 Second Avenue North, The Quarters

The report found the apartment building is unstable and should remain posted as "unsafe." It said the structural framing of the building will require substantial replacement and that the walls will need to be tied to new framing and retrofitted.

176 Second Avenue North

The report noted that this building has already collapsed, but is in danger of further imminent collapse. The report said the building is currently uninhabitable and unsafe, and that no-one should be allowed inside. It should be partially demolished and rebuilt, the report said.

174 Second Avenue North

This four-story building had already collapsed, but is in danger of further imminent collapse, the report said. No-one should be allowed inside and a large portion of this building is expected to be demolished and rebuilt, according to the report.

172 Second Avenue North

This building has also collapsed and is in danger of further collapse. No-one should be allowed inside, according to the report, and a large part of the three-story structure is also expected to be demolished and rebuilt.

170 Second Avenue North

This building has also already collapsed and faces further collapse. The building is considered unsafe for anyone to enter and a large portion is expected to be demolished and rebuilt.

168 Second Avenue North, Rhea Building

This apartment building that was also home to Laser Quest and two restaurants—Rodizio Grill and The Melting Pot—is uninhabitable and unsafe, the report said.

It has collapsed and is in danger of further collapse and a large portion is expected to be demolished and rebuilt.

164 Second Avenue North

The report says this building is in danger of imminent collapse and unstable. Only professional construction staff should be allowed inside and it will require substantial replacement and the walls will need to be tried to new framing and retrofitted.

160 2nd Avenue North, Spaghetti Factory, 160 Lofts

The report says this building is unstable and in danger of imminent collapse. Structural framing will need replacement and new walls to be retrofitted, it added.

154 Second Avenue North

The building, home to Buffalo Billiards, Dick's, Last Resort and 154 Luxury Hotel is considered to be unstable and in danger of collapse. Its structural framing will also require substantial replacement and new walls will need to be retrofitted.

Commerce Street Garage

The garage sustained extensive damage, but the report states that it can be rehabilitated. The primary garage stricture appears to be stable, according to the report.

Metro Nashville Public Works and Logan Patri Engineering have been contacted for additional comment.