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Mystery of the Nashville Bombing – An RV with a Recording?

Emergency personnel work near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

This Nashville bombing horror reminds me of the Oklahoma City bombing a domestic terrorist did – Tim McVeigh. That was in the ’90s. Then came 911 and I was on TV for a few years as a terrorism analyst until incorporating Armor Glass to provide security. Since then, our foreign threats have subsided and domestic ones have gone up.

But this bombing was strange – it went off early on Christmas , 6:30 a.m. when almost no one would be on the streets since it was parked next to the ATT building facing a row of deserted bars at that hour.  Police report the RV bomb had a recording warning that it would explode “in 15 minutes.” So killing a lot of people doesn’t seem to be the motive.

Someone called 911 before the explosion to say “Shots fired” – probably to draw in the police since no shots were fired. What the hell purpose does this bombing serve? Was the AT&T building it was parked next to the intended target? Not since the IRA bombing in Northern Ireland has a terrorist given warning of a bombing. In Northern Ireland, someone would call the police and say: “We are going to set off a car bomb in two minutes.” I met a guy from N. Ireland who told me, “when you heard the siren, you ran away from the windows as fast as possible, because they would spray glass to kill people.”  This incident had an RV with a recording.

Without any real evidence (yet) but it’s my educated guess this will prove to be a domestic act by an American, not a foreign one like Al Qaida. Just like Oklahoma City. But who? The FBI is now in charge of finding out.

Ironically, I was just in Nashville in February at a national meeting (before we knew about covid) regarding our security film product that goes on the glass to keep it from blowing out during a hurricane, break-in…or a Level 2 explosion. I stayed in a hotel near this bomb site. Its windows most likely blew out from the blast wave along with the 20 or so damaged buildings. Our security film would have prevented the flying glass and empty frames that dozens of building owners now face.

A tornado raised hell destroying parts of downtown Nashville a week after our February meeting. Until then, and now, I never suspected there was this great need for our protection in this quiet little town.

How strange is that? No place is safe. That seems to be the message.

Stay tuned for updates on this page.

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Below: Michael Fjetland, Terrorism Analyst, Sept 11, 2001

 

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Armoring Your Building (Schools etc) from SHOOTERS – Armor Glass Ballistics Test

Yesterday, Armor Glass conducted ballistics test of a couple windows on which we installed Armor Glass security film. 

Compare the results to the photos below of what happened at Sandy Hook that had no armor glass protection on its windows. 

You will notice that the result is similar to the shooting in Chattanooga in which film like Armor Glass saved the people at the first attack site. 

Photos show that –despite numerous shots into the windows– he was unable to penetrate the building to reach the people inside.  Normally a couple shots will blow out glass, leaving an empty frame – like at Sandy Hook.  So he gave up and went to a second place in his car where people were caught outside and killed.

We made it into a short video (2 1/2 minutes) to show you what happens.  Note that is does NOT stop the bullet but it does prevent the glass from blowing out after a couple of shots.

WHY is this important? Look at this photo from Sandy Hook elementary school. It shows that the glass was shot out next to the door – the shooter was inside in less than a second.

 The chilling view of the breached window from the INSIDE of the school…

 Now compare the Sandy Hook glass to Armor Glass after being shot numerous times:

 
Here is a close up…

 That may not impress you but it SAVED LIVES just a couple days ago by keeping an ISIS-inspired shooter from entering this recruiting center in Chattanooga. 


Here is the video – 2 1/2 minutes…

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BASEBALL HAIL TONIGHT. PreMature baby ward in Lansing Asked for Armor Glass

Weather radar shows over 40 million Americans under the threat of BASEBALL size HAIL, TORNADOES and Hurricane-force winds.  It’s WICKED air; Violent air. 

But there is a hospital ward for premature babies in Lansing Michigan that faces a gravel roof that is safer tonight because of Armor Glass. They are on the 5th floor -all enclosed except for a row of glass windows that face that 4th floor roof. That glass poses a major threat if tornado force winds pick up the gravel — and hurl it into the windows at over 70 miles per hour. 

Wind-borne debris would breach the glass and let loose all hell inside – wind, rain, flying glass among premature babies, nurses, doctors and staff. Injuries and death would be unavoidable.

Solution? Armor Glass was called in protect them. We installed a special film designed for 4.5 lb. impacts and 175 mile per hour winds. It basically ‘armors their glass’ from breach from baseball size hailstones slamming into the glass in this or a future storm. It is protecting the baby ward.

Tonight in Lansing, as the annual winds of rage swoop down from the sky, Armor Glass is on duty, 24/7/365. 


NEXT: Sandra Bullock woke up to find a guy in her house. She hid in a safe closet. How did he get in? Through a locked GLASS DOOR he had broken. 

It’s another application for Armor Glass security films. But she’ll have to call us. We’re busy giving FREE quotes!

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The Lady Who Regrets Buying the More Expensive Impact Windows Instead of Armor Glass

Yesterday I received a call from a lady in the Houston area named Betty, who was quite distraught. In 2008 she had purchased laminate windows from a company that has since gone out of business, which eliminates a warranty claim.  

The 18 windows cost her over $23,000 – and now 7 of them have seal failure. The cost of replacing them without a warranty is prohibitive for the 74 year old woman.

Laminated windows (impact windows) typically cost 3 to 5 times MORE per square footage than applying Armor Glass security film to existing windows.  If a window is broken in an incident (we have had everything from flying golf balls to attempted burglar break-ins) the replacement cost is also a fraction of what it costs to replace a broken laminated window.  

Yet our security film provides the same basic protection as a laminated impact window. 

I advised the lady that she might be better off replacing the failed laminated windows with regular double pane windows, and then have our Armor Glass film applied to them – if she isn’t in a hurricane zone requiring impact windows. It would cut her costs substantially. Otherwise she is facing spending another $10,000 on replacement laminated windows.

Hurricane season is approaching. Burglars are still breaking in 24/7. Armor Your Glass today, in the most affordable way possible.