When the federal building in Oklahoma City exploded in April 1995, it was a shock that rippled at sonic speed across the psyche of the country. How? Why? were the unanswerable questions on everyone's lips.
Something, however, was stirring in the country in the years before this horrible disaster. The 'Unabomber' was on the news radar as well.
- In August 1991, teens apparently for a lark used a pipe bomb to blow up a portable toilet at a construction site in the elite Nichols Hills area of OKC.
- In December of 1991 an OKC man was arrested in a pipe bomb case.
- In February 1991, six pipe bombs were found on two chemical tanks in Virginia close to one of the major naval bases of the east coast (Daily Oklahoma, Feb.5, 1991, pg. 45).
- On October 1992, three bombs went off in two north central Oklahoma communities within minutes of each other, according to a story by Daily Oklahoman reporter Michael McNutt. Pipe bombs exploded in two Enid government offices and one in an elementary school in nearby Stillwater (about 25 miles south of Perry, Oklahoma where McVeigh would be found after the bombing), and home of Oklahoma State University. All exploded with minimal damage. Another discarded bomb - a thermos type container filled with gun powder - was found in a field 8 miles SW of Waukomis, Oklahoma (Daily Oklahoman, Oct. 28, 1992, pg. 108-09).
- In January of 1993, a pipe bomb was found in a movie theater in Dallas, Texas.
- In August 1993, Edmond teens were arrested for making pipe bombs.
- In February 1994, Adair High School in Tulsa, OK was temporarily closed following a pipe bomb incident.
- In March 1995, a pipe bomb was reported in Broken Arrow.
- In June 1994, pipe bombs were found in the OKC Jail!