THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING The Oklahoma City Bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Earl Lovett III Mitchelle Community College CJC-112-IC1 2013FA ATWELL The Oklahoma City Bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a 5,000-pound bomb, hidden inside a Ryder truck, exploded just outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion caused massive damage to the building and killed 168 people, 19 of whom were children. Those responsible for what became known as the Oklahoma City Bombing. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. This deadly bombing was the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil until the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack.
On April 15, 1995, terrorists (Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh) parked a Ryder truck filled with explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. These terrorists detonated a bomb killing 168 people including 19 children under the age of six. It also injured more than 680 people. Before 911, the Oklahoma City bombing was the most destructive act of terrorism committed on American soil. This bombing caused 652 million dollars worth of damage.
This paper is a recounting of the events surrounding the accident, both before, during, and after. It also includes connections to modern day actions that can be taken based on the lessons learned. Crisis Management: An Analysis of the 1947 Texas City Explosion On April 16, 1947, a cargo ship carrying a large amount of ammonium nitrate in its hold exploded in the port of Texas City, Texas. About 15 hours after the initial explosion, another ship carrying ammonium nitrate also exploded. Estimates by the Red Cross and the Texas Department of Public Safety counted 468 fatalities, 100 persons missing and never found, and approximately 3,500 injured.
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Lack of Immediate Action from our Government and local leaders will continue to leave our town and people in place and time, where leaders like Martin Luther King, Bookert T. faught so hard to overcome. The Watts Riot, lasted for six days. There was more than forty million dollar worth of property damage. The Watts Riot was both the largest and costliest urban Rebellion of the Civil Rights era. The riot claimed the lives of thirty-four people, and resulted in more than thousand reported injuries, more than four thousand were arrested.
This was about 2% of the population. We have recent memory of losing about 3500 people in the attacks on the world trade center. This attack sprang forth a great outpouring of civic pride and patriotism not seen in America since World War II. However think for a moment if instead of 3500 people died that September day that 6 million people or the entire population of New York City had been killed. That would be the equivalent of the toll the Civil War produced.
Effects of the Oklahoma City Bombing and the Department of Homeland Defense On April 19, 1995 in Oklahoma City, our country witnessed an act of domestic terrorism. On this day, the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal building was bombed killing and wounding countless lives. Prior to the attacks on September 11th, 2001 this act of terrorism was considered the deadliest attack committed in the United States. Until this day, Americans presumed terrorists functioned in distant countries; predominantly in the Middle East. Countless people were shocked such an attack could happen on American soil.
Being prepared to investigate these threats in our nation is critical and must be done with the utmost care. Making one particular mistake could let that person go free and potentially put the lives of many people in danger. Early detection of these possible terrorists is a key component to providing the utmost protection to our citizens and the property of this nation as a whole. By evolving the police force and emergency management to include more counterterrorism we will be able to incorporate those ideas legally and accurately. As a nation, we face threats every day.