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Saturday, 2 April 2016

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DATE: April 19, 1995
TIME: 9:02 a.m.

"Until September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City bombing was the worst terrorist attack to take place on U.S. soil."

The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Carried out by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

At 9:02 a.m., a  Ryder rental truck loaded with a diesel-fuel-fertilizer bomb detonated in front of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The powerful explosion blew off the building’s north wall. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings, causing an estimated $652 million worth of damage.

Extensive rescue efforts were undertaken by local, state, federal, and worldwide agencies in the wake of the bombing, and substantial donations were received from across the country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) activated eleven of its urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, consisting of 665 rescue workers who assisted in rescue and recovery operations, and when the rescue effort finally ended two weeks later the death toll stood at 168 people, including 19 young children who were in the building’s day care center at the time of the blast. More than 650 other people were injured in the bombing, which damaged or destroyed more than 300 buildings in the immediate area.

McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison in 2004. Michael and Lori Fortier who were accomplices testified against McVeigh and Nichols; Michael was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to warn the United States government, and Lori received immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony.

In May 1995, the Murrah Building was demolished for safety reasons, and a national memorial and museum later opened at the site.

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