Steven Rosenfeld: A Recent History of Homemade Bombs
built in the United States! Since the Oklahoma City in 1995, where Timothy McVeigh used a homemade truck bomb with two tons of fertilizer, racing fuel and a blasting cap, to destroy the federal building, and kill 167 people, there have been a dozen domestic bombings, where domestic or foreign born attackers have sought, or tried to kill people to sent a message. These bombings are distinct from the 34 police officers, who have been murdered by domestic right wing political extremists since Oklahoma City, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and they do not include the worst gun massacres in the US since then, which include: Littleton, CO in 1999, 15 dead, Blacksburg, VA in 2007, 32 dead, Fort Hood, Texas in 2009, 12 dead, Tuccon AZ in 2011, 6 dead, Blacksburg, VA n 2011, 6 dead, Oakland CA in 2012, 7 dead, Auroa, CO in 2012, 12 dead, and Newtown, CN last December, 28 dead. On Tuesday, police said that the two bombs that killed three, and injured 176 people at Monday's Boston Marathon was a homemade device, a metal pressure cooker filled with nails, ball bearings, metal shards that were left in duffle bags near the finish line. This is similar to road side bombs used against US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, various news organizations reported. What follows is a list of other domestic bomb attacks, and attempts dating back to 1995, with additional details on the types of bombs used. January 17, 2011. White supremacist Kevin Harpham put a back-back bomb along a Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane, Washington, but it was found and disabled. The pipe bomb was loaded with lead fishing weights coated in rat poison, which can inhibit blood clotting in wounds, AOL.com reported. Harpham was sentenced to 32 years in prison. May 1, 2010. Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad, left an explosive laden SUV in New York's Times Square. Smoke was seen coming from the car, and the bomb was found and disabled. The car was packed with more than 100 pounds of fertilized, but not the kind that would explode, ABC-TV reported. Other news reports said, he put the fertilizer in pressure cookers, like the Boston bombs, and used firecrackers as the trigger. Shahzad was taken off a plane by police, and was sentenced to life in prison.