April 19, 1995: The Oklahoma City Bombing
Timothy McVeigh began his plot to blow up the Murrah Federal Building in September 1994. Shortly after that, he began purchasing the ammonium nitrate fertilizer, nitromethane racing fuel and diesel fuel which made up the truck-sized bomb. He had chosen his target by the end of 1994, and a few days before the bombing on April 19, McVeigh rented a 20 foot Ryder truck and loaded it with the explosives.
On the morning of April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked the truck with explosives in front of the complex. At 9:02am, a massive explosion occurred ripping off nearly a third of the building and creating a crater thirty feet wide and eight feet deep.
The explosion killed 149 adults and 19 children inside the building and injured more than 680 others. The bomb damaged or destroyed 324 other buildings and caused over $650 million in damage in downtown Oklahoma City.
Seen here is a page of the statement delivered by President Bill Clinton on the day of the attack. The President’s edits are handwritten on the page.
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