The 1993 Bombing of the World Trade Center Essays

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On 26 February 1993 at 12:17, a yellow RYDER van detonated on level B-2 of the World Trade Center North tower. What was first believed to be a below grade transformer explosion turned into an extensive test of New York Cities Incident Command capabilities. Everyone involved had an intricate part in handling this situation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was able to get all support assets there promptly to assist in rescue operations. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discovered information on the vehicle used. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used all of the intelligence gathered to apprehend and convict those responsible. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted …show more content…
Each sector had their own Commander and would send reports to the IC, informing him of their progress.

Within one hour, the injured firefighter was rescued, the below grade fire was becoming under control and all agencies were working together to get everything under control. (Manning, William A, 1993, p. 1-12) Throughout the course of 28 days the Fire Department of New York City responded with 84 engine companies and numerous trucks, chiefs and hundreds of personnel. Only after several days, when most of those hazards including the fire were extinguished was the ATF and FBI allowed to enter the site to start their investigation. (Manning, William A, 1993, p. 61)

Two days after the bombing the ATF was able to enter the scene and start their investigation to find those responsible. The ATF was responsible for finding the prime piece of evidence against the bombers which will lead to the arrest of one of the bombers. The ATF found the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the vehicle that was used to transport the bomb. (ATF Press Release - World Trade Center Terrorist Bombing Investigation 15th Anniversary - February 26, 1993 | ATF, 2008) The VIN belonged to a yellow RYDER van that belonged to a rental company out of New Jersey. Also through the site investigation it was discovered that the bomb was comprised of Urea Nitrate; which was only the second time that the FBI has recorded its use in a bomb. In

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