Alfred P Murrah Building Bombing

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Alfred P Murrah Building Bombing
By: Ryan Agnos
In Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, at 8:50 AM Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck on the street in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The truck had a very powerful bomb made out of ammonium nitrate and fuel. McVeigh set a timed fuse and in turn of events it was bombs away while he fled the scene in a getaway car.
At precisely 9:02 AM the bomb detonated ripping through the building’s north wall. Killing 168 people and wounding more than 680 others, it also destroyed nearly 324 nearby buildings. 19 victims were young children that attended the day care on the second story of the building, some of them as young as 6 months old. But incensed McVeigh was already 90 miles north.
When police interrogated McVeigh, they found out his motive for bombarding the building. McVeigh felt upset because poor actions of the ATF during the siege didn’t go as planned. McVeigh stated in response “ATF, all you tyrannical people will swing in the wind one day for your treasonous actions against the Constitution of the United States. Remember the Nuremberg War Trials.”
The reason McVeigh bombed the building was because he recognized that there was an ATF office inside of the building and that would be his initial target. McVeigh was unaware that there was a daycare program inside the building.
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