The FBI has released long-secret security tapes that give new glimpses into the chaos during the minutes after the Oklahoma City bombing.
None show the actual explosion outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995.
The soundless recordings do show people rushing from nearby buildings in the minutes after the fertilizer bomb went off.
In some, people flee their buildings through corridors cluttered with fallen debris.
The FBI this summer released more than 20 recordings made from surveillance camera tapes recovered in downtown Oklahoma City.
A Utah attorney, Jesse Trentadue, obtained the recordings through the federal Freedom of Information Act. He is performing his own inquiry into the bombing.
Trentadue gave them to The Oklahoman
because of their historical value. The Oklahoman
agreed to provide copies to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
Many of the released recordings are identified as coming from Southwestern Bell, which had security cameras in buildings both north and south of the Murrah Building. Others are from the Regency Tower, an apartment building west of the Murrah Building; the downtown public library, then southeast of it; and the Journal Record Building, directly north.
Some images from those recordings have become public before. Prosecutors in 1997 introduced pictures of the bomb truck — seen from a Regency Tower camera — as evidence at bomber Timothy McVeigh’s trial.
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