Oklahoma City Bombing

April 19, 1995

What Happened?

On April 19, 1995 there was a tragic bombing carried out in Oklahoma. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were the two responsible for the bombing. The bombing killed 168 people, burned 86 cars. They had rental cars parked in the front of buildings with bombs inside of them.

Facts

  • The bombing caused $652 million dollars worth of damage
  • The two men met in basic training for the Army
  • McVeigh initially only targeted a federal building but later decided he wanted more people to die.
  • McVeigh was an American militia movement sympathizer who was a Gulf War veteran.
  • McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison in 2004.

The Aftermath

After the bombing, government ordered that all federal buildings in all major cities be surrounded and protected with Jersey barriers to make sure nothing like this ever happened again.