7 bombings on US soil that shocked Americans

Authorities are investigating at least eight suspicious packages sent in recent days to public figures and CNN’s New York bureau.

The Associated Press is reporting that the package bombs were packed with shards of glass. The packages were found after a device described as a pipe bomb was sent to philanthropist George Soros earlier this week. Others targeted include former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters and former CIA Director John Brennan.

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This isn’t the first bomb threat on U.S. soil. Here are seven other bombings and failed attempts that shocked Americans:

1. BOSTON BOMBING In April 2013, two bombs exploded at one of the most famous and highly regarded marathons in the world. The bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing two people and injuring more than 80 people. The homemade bombs were made out of pressure cookers. After a manhunt through the streets of Boston, police captured bombing suspect 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following a shootout with law enforcement.

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2. TIMES SQUARE BOMBING In 2017, suspect Akayed Ullah allegedly detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in the passageway connecting the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations. The homemade weapon did not fully detonate, and the attacker was the only one seriously injured in the blast.

3. UNDERWEAR BOMBER Suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called Underwear Bomber, smuggled a bomb in his underwear aboard a commercial airliner on Christmas Day in 2009. The suspect attempted to detonate an explosive device on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. As the plane descended toward Detroit, passengers heard a loud noise that sounded like a firecracker. The device failed, but a fireball spread up the wall and carpeting of the plane. Four other passengers restrained the suspect. The flight was carrying 289 people.

4. UNABOMBER Theodore John Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, is a domestic terrorist and former mathemetics professor who mailed or hand delivered a series of bombs starting in 1978. His attacks started with a bomb at a Chicago university, and they escalated from there. Over the next nearly two decades, his sophisticated bombs killed three Americans and injured 24 others, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Credit: FBI

Credit: FBI

5. OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING in April 1995, ex-Army soldier and security guard Timonthy McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck in front of a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The vehicle was a homemade bomb made out of agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other chemicals, according to the FBI. He ignited two timed fuses, incinerating dozens of cars and damaging more than 300 buildings.

Credit: JIM ARGO

Credit: JIM ARGO

Approximately 168 people died — including 19 children — and several hundred were injured.

6. WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING In February 1993, an explosion rocked lower Manhattan just before noon. The blast, which originated in a parking garage underneath the World Trade Center, killed six people almost instantly. Four suspects — Mohammad Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Mahmoud Abouhalima and Ahmed Ajaj — were tried, convicted and sentenced to life.

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

7. BAPTIST STREET BOMBING In September 1963, a dynamite bomb exploded in the stairwell of the downtown Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The blast ripped through a wall, killing four African-American girls and injuring more than 20 others inside the church.

Credit: TOM SELF

Credit: TOM SELF

The church, which was a key civil rights meeting place, had been a frequent target of bomb threats. In the ’60s, no federal charges were filed. Suspect Robert E. Chambliss then received life in prison in 1977 following a case led by Alabama Attorney General Robert Baxley. Two other suspects — Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas E. Blanton, Jr. — were indicted in 2000, and convicted and sentenced to life in prison. A fourth suspect died before he could be arrested or charged.


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