"It Leaves an Eerie Feeling" Hundreds of Visitors Glimpse Federal Building's Ruins Rain-Soaked Bombing Site Lures Curious

Steve Lackmeyer Published: May 8, 1995
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They stood in silence, sometimes in the pouring rain, and wondered: How could anybody do this?

Parents held their children at their side Sunday and tried to explain what happened.

Maida Andrews, staring at the devastation from the north side of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, braved the rain to see what the world had seen only on television until this weekend.

Sunday was the first day since the April 19 blast that no rescue workers were present at the site, and no official memorials were held.

The fertilizer-based truck bomb killed 166 people at the Murrah Building or in buildings across the street. That number includes two people who remain buried in the rubble, unreachable by rescue workers who for 15 days searched every floor and removed tons of debris looking for victims.

One nurse died after she was injured helping victims on the day of the bombing.

"I don't see how anybody made it, do you? " Andrews asked.

"Especially on that side over there - it's so bad, very tragic. " Andrews, like many others, hopes the site will be turned into a park after the structure is torn down. "I can't see them building there again. It should be like in Dallas where they built a park for where President Kennedy was shot. " Cheryl Morgan of Shawnee was soaking wet by the time she got to the spectator area near NW 6 and Harvey, one block north of the building. "It leaves an eerie feeling inside of me. On TV, it just doesn't show - you have to come here to see it. It makes you want to cry all over again. " Some spectators took shelter inside tents abandoned by the media that once flocked to the scene to cover the bombing and the search for survivors and victims. Only six television satellite trucks remained Sunday out of the dozens that once clogged the area.


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