Atlanta Olympics bombed, July 27, 1996
A pipe bomb exploded at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta early on the morning of July 27, 1996, killing one
of thousands of spectators gathered for a late night concert. A cameraman also died of a heart attack he suffered
while rushing to cover the bombing.
“Terrorism struck the Olympics for the first time since Munich in 1972 when a bomb exploded today in the
heart of the Summer Games, killing at least two and wounding more than 100,” announced an Associated Press
article in The Progress of Clearfield, Penn.
“ ‘We will consider it an act of terrorism until information should arrive to the contrary,’ FBI Special
Agent Woody Johnson said.
“As in Munich, when the Olympics continued uninterrupted even after terrorists killed 11 Israeli
athletes, officials in Atlanta said they would not halt the games today.”
Read about the search for the Atlanta Olympic Park bomber
A Los Angeles Times story printed in the Oct. 27, 1996, Santa Fe New Mexican notes that police had exonerated
security guard Richard Jewell, who was initially hailed as a hero for discovering the bomb and helping to clear
the area. Olympic bombing suspect cleared
The June 1, 2003, Winnipeg Free Press of Winnipeg, Manitoba, details the arrest of perpetrator Eric Rudolph in
the mountains of North Carolina after five years as a fugitive. Olympic Blast Suspect Caught