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Encyclopedia > Harvey's Resort Hotel bombing

On August 26, 1980 three men planted a bomb containing almost 1,000 pounds of dynamite at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada. The mastermind behind the bomb, John Birges, was attempting to extort $3 million from the casino. The bomb was cleverly built and virtually tamper proof. After studying the bomb through x-rays, bomb technicians decided that the best hope of disarming it was by separating the detonators from the dynamite. They thought they could do this using a shaped charge of C-4. The attempt to disarm it failed. The bomb exploded destroying much of the casino. However, no one was injured. August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... The Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, produced in the United States. ... Dynamite is an explosive based on the explosive potential of nitroglycerin using diatomaceous earth (Kieselguhr) as an adsorbent. ... Stateline is a census-designated place (unincorporated town) located in Douglas County, Nevada. ... John Birges Sr. ... Extortion is a criminal offense, which occurs when a person obtains money, behaviour, or other goods and/or services from another by wrongfully threatening or inflicting harm to this person, reputation, or property. ... In the NATO phonetic alphabet, X-ray represents the letter X. An X-ray picture (radiograph) taken by Röntgen An X-ray is a form of electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength approximately in the range of 5 pm to 10 nanometers (corresponding to frequencies in the range 30 PHz... Sectioned HEAT round with the inner shaped charge visible A shaped charge is an explosive charge shaped to focus the effect of the explosives energy. ... This article is about the plastic explosive. ...


References

  • Reno Gazette Journal, http://www.rgj.com/extra/harveys.php

 
 

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