A car bomb ripped apart the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on Wednesday, April 19, 1995, demolishing nearly half the 9-story building. A second, unexploded bomb was found inside. A medical worker estimated that only two of 80 people found in a search that afternoon had survived. At least 19 other people were confirmed dead, 17 of them were infants and children in a day care center on the premises, and hundreds more are injured. Federal officials believed the bomb was set off in a car parked nearby. The explosion occurred shortly after 9 a.m. and could be felt as far as 30 miles away. Debris was spread all over downtown. No threat was made before the bomb went off. The people of Oklahoma City rallied to help victims of the bombing. Within an hour of the explosion, the lines to give blood stretched around the block, and hospitals around the city reported more donors than they could handle.
At 9:02 a.m. on Wednesday, exactly one week after the explosion that tore apart hundreds of lives, Oklahoma City came to another stop. At what used to be the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, rescue teams stopped picking through the wreckage and stood silent for a moment. All
over the city people bowed their heads. Outside of town, traffic stopped along Interstate 40. In towns and cities around the country, in churches and offices and in the White House, the same pause was taken.
On Thursday, April 20, 1995 the FBI obtained arrest warrants for two unidentified white men suspected of renting the truck that contained the Oklahoma City bomb. At an afternoon news conference, Attorney General Janet Reno announced the U.S. would offer up to $2 million for information that lead to the arrest and...