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Oklahoma City Bombing (1995)

  • By: Patric R. Spence
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

The Oklahoma City bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack carried out in the United States until the attacks of September 11, 2001. The bombing and the individuals involved, as well as the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from the event, were vigorously pursued and researched. The Oklahoma City bombing occurred on April 19, 1995, at 9:02 A.M. The target of the bombing was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. This attack of domestic terrorism resulted in 168 deaths (19 of them children) and over 800 injuries. The bomb was housed in a rented Ryder truck, which was filled with 5,000 pounds of explosives, including ammonium nitrate, nitromethane, and agricultural fertilizer. The force of the explosion was so intense that it ...

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