About National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day
On the morning of April 19th 1995, an ex-Army soldier and security guard named Timothy McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Inside the vehicle was a powerful bomb made out of a deadly cocktail of agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other chemicals. McVeigh got out, locked the door, and headed towards his getaway car. He ignited one timed fuse, then another.
At precisely 9:02 AM, the bomb exploded.
Within moments a third of the building had been reduced to rubble, with many floors flattened. Dozens of cars were incinerated and more than 300 nearby buildings were damaged or destroyed.
The human toll was devastating: 168 dead, including 19 children, with several hundred more injured.
It was the worst act of homegrown terrorism in the nation’s history.