Bombing Attacks in the United States

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One of the most deadliest and horrific terrorist incidents occurred in Bath, Michigan in May of 1927. Forty-five people were killed during the incident, including the bomber. The bomber, 55 year old, Andrew Kehoe was angry about a new tax charged to the community to finance a new school. Andrew Kehoe was a school board member and was the school’s caretaker. He also worked as a machinist and electrician. Throughout his adult life, Kehoe routinely campaigned for lower taxes.
After a series of financial hardships (losing his house and farm) and personnel tragedy (his wife became chronically ill), Kehoe blamed the new tax and the new constructed school for his predicament. Over a several month period, Kehoe transported an explosive call Pyrotol and over 1000 pounds of dynamite into the Bath School and hid them in the floors, rafters, and crawlspaces. Kehoe also setup his home and farm in the same manner and included devices that consisted of gas filled containers. Lastly, Kehoe filled the back seat of his truck with dynamite and metal debris (tools, nails, pieces of rusted farm machinery, digging shovels), constructing an improvised explosive device (IED).
On May 17, Kehoe killed his wife and exploded his farm and home. Almost simultaneously, using a timed detonator; Kehoe detonated the explosive in the Bath Consolidated School, killing 36 students and two teachers. After the school exploded, Kehoe drove his truck to the school and called the school Superintendent to his car. Kehoe detonated the dynamite in his car, killing the Superintendent and injuring several people and first responders at the scene. This incident is one of the first cases of domestic terrorism in the United States that received national and internation...

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