by Kevin Caruso
On April 19, 1995, at 9:02 a.m. local time, a massive truck bomb exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people (including 19 children) and injuring over 800.
The explosion destroyed about half of the Federal Building, damaged or destroyed an additional 300 buildings, and was felt as far as 30 miles away.
The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after the explosion
The truck bomb was a rented Ryder truck filled with about 5,000 pounds of explosives, including ammonium nitrate, nitromethane, and agricultural fertilizer, and was driven by Timothy McVeigh, who was pulled over 90 minutes after the bombing for driving without a license plate. McVeigh was arrested on a firearms charge, spent two days in jail, and was then charged with the bombing.
Terry Nichols, McVeigh’s accomplice, was arrested at a later date in Kansas, and was charged in the bombing on May 10.
Over 12,000 individuals assisted in the relief and rescue operations after the bombing, and many of them have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, anxiety, and additional problems because of the deeply traumatic nature of the bombing and its aftermath.
The Federal Building was demolished on May 23, 1995.
The evil coward, Timothy McVeigh, was executed on June 11, 2001. He will burn in hell for eternity.
His sick, evil accomplice, Terry Nichols, was sentenced to life in prison. He will burn in hell next to McVeigh.
But the resilience, hope, love, and indomitable spirit of the wonderful people of Oklahoma has been an inspiration to the entire word.
The spectacular, beautiful, honorable, and inspirational Oklahoma City National Memorial was established on October 9, 1997, at the site of the Federal Building (see below).
God bless the people of Oklahoma.
And God bless America.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial