Write 5 pages thesis on the topic oklahoma city bombing. The magnitude of the blast can be estimated by the number of explosives in the van which was approximately 4800 pounds of destructive chemicals and a number of 168 people lost their lives, while thousands of other people were injured or moaning over their losses (Sherrow 6). Out of the 168 souls lost, 19 of them were children (The Federal Bureau of Investigation). Oklahoma City bombing was the most intense and serious case of domestic terrorism and demanded a thorough investigation and reporting regarding the reasons and factors which led to the upsetting incident.
According to reports, the bombing was planned by an ex-Army soldier and security guard, Timothy McVeigh. On the morning of the bombing, he loaded his truck with explosives made from a combination of hazardous and destructive chemicals. He then drove his car to the federal building where he parked the car in front of the building with a clear intention to commit mass murder. He then left the spot in another car. At 9.02 am the bomb exploded, according to the planned time set by McVeigh. Within moments of the bomb explosion, most of the federal building was brought down into the gravel and the shock wave from the blast was so intense that more than 300 buildings nearby were also damaged or destroyed (The Federal Bureau of Investigation). According to scientists, as the bomb exploded, super hot gas went upward through the building at a gigantic speed of 8,000 feet per second. The force was so intense that people were slammed against the walls with a force of 37 tons. And when the gas evaporated, a vacuum was created which shook the ground as if there was a “full-scale earthquake” (Sherrow 6-7). Thus, the explosion was of massive intensity which not only affected the federal building but also the buildings located in its close vicinity.
In view of the World Trade Centre bombing two years back, the instant suspicion of the federal government was on the Middle Eastern terrorists. .