Olympic Park Bombing

In the early morning hours of July 27, 1996, a pipe bomb exploded in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. It was the ninth day of the summer Olympics. Between 40,000 and 50,000 people had gathered to enjoy musical entertainment when the bomb exploded. Alice Hawthorne, a 44-year-old wife and mother of two was killed instantly, and 111 others were injured. A Turkish television cameraman also died when he had a heart attack while rushing to cover the explosion.

Before the bomb exploded, a man called “911” from a pay phone near the park and reported that a bomb in Olympic Park would detonate in 30 minutes. The bomb exploded 22 minutes later. Experts immediately assumed that the bombing was the work of a domestic terrorist acting alone. ...

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