Nashville 911 calls capture terror of collapsed buildings, ‘huge fireball’

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Newly released 911 calls capture the horror of the Nashville Christmas bombing — from whispered fears of a mass shooting to final reports of buildings collapsing from a “massive f–ing explosive” and “huge fireball.”

The calls released by Metro Nashville Police Department on Wednesday capture the shifting terror as 63-year-old loner Anthony Quinn Warner destroyed 41 buildings and brought down a phone network covering several states with his suicide attack from a music-playing RV.

They show how police first sped to the downtown scene after a number of reports fearing a mass shooter was on the loose.

“There have been three rounds of gunshots inside the building,” one man named Brian told the dispatcher in a terrified-sounding whisper, saying he was “too scared to come out of the apartment.”

“First, about seven or eight minutes ago, and then about five minutes ago … they’re in the building!” he said.

Soon, panicked calls started being made about the ominous 15-minute warnings Warner gave about the imminent explosion, played along with Petula Clark’s “Downtown.”

‘We have a recording out here saying there is a limited time to evacuate this area .. is that law enforcement?” one woman said, saying the recording warning of a “large bomb” was “playing over and over and over.”

“I’m getting dressed, can you please send a police up here? I’m sorry, I’m in a panic,” she said — still ending with a nervous chuckle and a “Merry Christmas.”

After the explosion, one woman called to say that her “entire building just fell down and is collapsing.”

“The roof is collapsing in — oh my God!” she gasped, screaming at others to hurry up out of the building. “Oh my God, I think it’s an explosion.”

One witness had no doubts as to what he’d witnessed.

“There was just a massive f–king explosion downtown with a huge fireball … Oh my God that’s terrifying,” he said.

The dispatcher replied, “Yup — we’re getting a bunch of calls on it.”

Warner was the only person to die in the attack, with witnesses praising hero cops for making sure most people in the area were evacuated.

Reports say he targeted the AT&T building there — possibly over paranoia about 5G networks — although a lead investigator has conceded that they may never know his true motive.

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