Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombed (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: One of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history demonstrates Americans’ vulnerability to attack by rogue ideologues.
Summary of Event
On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb parked before the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building in downtown Oklahoma City exploded, shattering the foundation and lower floors of the nine-story concrete edifice that housed fifteen federal agencies, more than five hundred employees, and a second-floor day-care center. Direct casualties included 168 dead as a result of the blast, and more than six hundred injured. These numbers made the bombing the worst incident of terrorism in U.S. history, but they do not fully recount the level of injury. The longer list was the one of indirect victims, stretching from the more than 250 children who lost a parent in the blast, to the tens of thousands in the Oklahoma City community who counted among their friends and loved ones those killed or wounded by the explosion, to the worried federal workers, and to citizens across the country trying to adjust to their vulnerability to terrorism, wherever they might work or live.
Rescue workers from states as far away as Virginia joined with those in Oklahoma City in seeking survivors amid the rubble. State, local, and federal law enforcement agencies joined in what was reportedly...
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