Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

Centennial Olympic Park was designed as the "town square" of the Olympics, and thousands of spectators had gathered for a late concert by the band Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.

Sometime after midnight, Rudolph planted a green U.S. military ALICE pack (field pack) containing three pipe bombs surrounded by nails underneath a bench near the base of a concert sound tower. He then left the area. The pack had a directed charge and could have done more damage but it was tipped over at some point. It was the largest pipe bomb in U.S. history, weighing in excess of 40 pounds. It used a steel plate as a directional device. Investigators were later to tie the Sandy Springs and Otherside bombs together with this first device because all were propelled by nitroglycerin dynamite, used an alarm clock and Rubbermaid containers, and contained steel plates.

Security guard Richard Jewell discovered the bag and alerted Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers; 9 minutes later, Rudolph called 911 to deliver a warning. Jewell and other security guards began clearing the immediate area so that a bomb squad could investigate the suspicious package. At 1:20 AM, the bomb exploded.

An Albany, Georgia woman, Alice Hawthorne, was killed by a nail that struck her in the head. The bomb wounded 111 others. Turkish cameraman Melih Uzunyol died from a heart attack he suffered while running to cover the blast.

The Centennial Olympic Park bombing took place on July 27, 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

An early morning blast in the crowded park in downtown Atlanta killed Alice Hawthorne from bomb shrapnel that struck her in the head. The blast wounded 111 others and caused the death of Turkish cameraman Melih Uzunyol from a heart attack while running to cover the blast.

We will spare no effort to find out who was responsible for this murderous act. We will track them down. We will bring them to justice.”

— President Bill Clinton

On July 27th, 1996, thousands of Olympics attendees were gathered in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, the "town square" of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Festivities for the evening included a late-night concert by the band Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.

Sometime after midnight, security guard Richard Jewell discovered a suspicious knapsack left at the base of a concert sound tower. He had alerted authorities who were preparing to evacuate the area when the package exploded at 1:21am.

The knapsack contained three pipe-bombs surrounded by a deadly load of nails which ripped through the concert crowd. A Georgia woman, Alice Hawthorne, was killed by a nail that struck her in the head. The bomb wounded 111 others. Turkish cameraman Melih Uzunyol died from a heart attack he suffered while running to cover the blast.