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Old 10-01-05, 10:30 PM
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Breaking news 10/1 10:30pm. Bomb at University of Oklahoma

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,170992,00.html
Explosion Kills One at University of Oklahoma
Saturday, October 01, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma (search) police investigating a loud boom found one person dead outside a campus building and believe an explosive device was involved.

"It was an explosive device with one fatality," said Sgt. Gary Robinson of the OU police department.

Robinson didn't know the identity or sex of the person who was found dead outside the Botany-Microbiology building. He also didn't know if there were other injuries or if the building was occupied.

Law enforcement officers cordoned off an area west of a packed Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (search), where the Oklahoma Sooners were playing Kansas State (search). Spectators reported hearing a loud boom just before the end of the first half, but no smoke or fire was seen.

Officers were not allowing anyone to exit the stadium, but Robinson said the spectators were safe.

Additional details weren't immediately available.
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very odd
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NORMAN, Okla. One person was killed in an explosion in a traffic circle about 100 yards from a packed football stadium at the University of Oklahoma (search) on Saturday night in what authorities were calling a suicide.

"We are apparently dealing with an individual suicide, which is under full investigation," OU President David Boren (search) said in a statement.

The loud noise of the explosion could be heard inside Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where 84,000 people were watching the Oklahoma Sooners play Kansas State (search).

Officers cordoned off an area west the stadium after the explosion and nobody was allowed out of the stadium immediately after the blast, which occurred shortly before 8 p.m., about halftime of the game. People were allowed out about 30 minutes later.

About 9 p.m. a police bomb squad detonated explosives found at the site of the blast.

Jaclyn Hull, an OU freshman, said she was leaving the game shortly before the explosion.

"We saw a little bit of smoke, about as much as you would see coming up from a grill," she said.
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They're saying it looks like a suicide now.
Old 10-03-05, 12:43 AM
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Damn. I know the Sooners aren't so hot this year but that's goin' overboard.
Old 10-03-05, 11:20 AM
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Judging from the bomber's picture on Drudge, he was a Muslim Tom Hanks.
Old 10-03-05, 11:26 AM
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That pic actually looks a lot like my dad did in college.

Old 10-03-05, 11:28 AM
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It will be really interesting to see what info comes out of this... odds are it could be a little while before we know, especially if there are any terrorist implications.
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This would not have happened if we were not in Iraq.
Old 10-03-05, 11:57 AM
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This kid was more than likely a loner, and a wannabe member of some Islamic organization, and had some mental issues. Due to the information available on the net, he could have made the device himself. And more than likely, we'll see news reports of various materials on bomb-making strategies that he obtained from his surfing the net. This certainly isn't a professional attack. It's a loner who was a dumbass and thought Islam was his solution.

If it was authentically AQ or all other publically known evildoers, we'd have hundreds of people dead. This should be rather clear from previous events.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
If it was authentically AQ or all other publically known evildoers, we'd have hundreds of people dead. This should be rather clear from previous events.
Yup. And probably 2 other attacks at the time time in other places.

Most likely a loner. We'll see what the explosives were. Who knows if it will turn up a few leads on something though... but probably not Al Quaeda.
Old 10-03-05, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Nazgul
This would not have happened if we were not in Iraq.
When a group of smart and capable terrorists kill thousands of US civilians and refers to Iraq, you might not be as sarcastic.
Old 10-03-05, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
When a group of smart and capable terrorists kill thousands of US civilians and refers to Iraq, you might not be as sarcastic.
Keep saying it and build up your "I told you so."

We all know it's coming some day. Even if we leave Iraq. Our presence in Iraq will not cause the next attack, but you can bet it will be mentioned.
Old 10-03-05, 12:12 PM
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It's reported that he may have "emotional difficulties".



Oh...

Really???
Old 10-03-05, 12:15 PM
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Yeah, I'm also interested in how the explosives were made/obtained. This should be interesting.
Old 10-03-05, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
It's reported that he may have "emotional difficulties".



Oh...

Really???
I believe www.nofuckingshit.com broke that story.
Old 10-03-05, 04:40 PM
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The crazy thing about it is that the guy blew himself up on a bench right outside of the stadium, but the game just played on. My brother was there and said it sounded like a sonic boom, but there were no announcements about what happened. The only clue that something strange had happened was an announcement at the end of the game that asked fans to stay clear of the west side of the stadium when exiting.
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I will just link the first one since it has a lot of information, and it is easier to get it directly from the web site.

http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/



http://www.channeloklahoma.com/news/5057494/detail.html

Hinrichs Tried To Buy Ammonium Nitrate

POSTED: 5:16 pm CDT October 4, 2005
UPDATED: 10:03 am CDT October 5, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. -- The general manager of a Norman feed store said Tuesday that Joel Henry Hinrichs III had inquired about purchasing ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the primary ingredient used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Dustin Ellison, the general manager of Ellison Feed & Seed on Porter Avenue, said that a man matching Hinrichs' description had come into the store days before he blew himself up on OU's campus. Ellison said the man asked about ammonium nitrate, but couldn't offer a reason why he needed it.

According to an AP report, Ellison said that Hinrichs acted strangely and was wearing a vest with what appeared to be wires in it when he asked for ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

After the bombing, Ellison said he thought nothing of it. However, when he saw Hinrichs' photo, it triggered his memory.

To this point, authorities still suggest Hinrichs' only motive for blowing himself up was suicide. The FBI released a statement Tuesday evening saying that "there is no known link between Hinrichs and any terrorist or extremist organization(s) or activities."

The release also indicated that the FBI believes there is "no known current threat posed by any additional explosive materials."

Ellison noted that his store doesn't carry ammonium nitrate any longer after recent legislation required new paperwork for stores to sell the product.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News 5 for further details.

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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...n.dc55792.html

Dad: Politics had no role in death

Father says OU student who blew self up meant no harm to others



11:43 PM CDT on Monday, October 3, 2005


Associated Press


NORMAN, Okla. A University of Oklahoma student who died when an explosive device he was carrying detonated near a packed football stadium wasn't politically motivated, his father said Monday.

Joel Henry Hinrichs III, 21, died Saturday when the device attached to his body exploded about 8 p.m. while he sat on a bench outside George Lynn Cross Hall, officials said. The blast could be heard inside the stadium less than 100 yards away, where more than 80,000 people attended OU's game against Kansas State.

Mr. Hinrichs' father, Joel Hinrichs Jr., said he's confident his son didn't intend to harm anyone and wasn't motivated by politics.

"He was pretty disengaged from politics," the father said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "And he took the care to select an open area where there was no one around."

His son also had an interest in explosives, he said.

"Every little boy does that," he said. "He went a little further than most."

Mr. Hinrichs said his son did not leave a suicide note and that FBI agents told him hydrogen peroxide was used to construct the bomb. On Sunday, FBI investigators searched the younger Mr. Hinrichs' Norman apartment and his family home in Colorado Springs, Colo.

As a father, Mr. Hinrichs said he would like to believe that the explosion was an accidental death, but he said the evidence points to suicide. "He was checking out," Mr. Hinrichs said.

FBI spokesman Gary Johnson said officials were not yet releasing any additional details about the incident.

Donald Hamilton, interim director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City, said it appears the incident was not terrorism.

"Scholars of terrorism immediately and categorically exclude irrational acts from their definition of terrorism," Mr. Hamilton said. "Terrorists have purpose. They have motive. It's just as simple as that. ... And if that is not present, it's not terrorism."

On the OU campus Monday, students returned to classes and the south oval where the suicide took place was reopened. The bench where authorities say Mr. Hinrichs was sitting was removed, and a new one was installed.

There were no immediate plans to modify security operations at the stadium, but the possibility will probably be discussed at a regular briefing Wednesday, said Kenny Mossman, a spokesman for the OU athletic department.
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I do have to wonder what's taking so long for lower scale suicide bombings in our country though.

Guess we can be very thankful for that.
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According to an AP report, Ellison said that Hinrichs acted strangely and was wearing a vest with what appeared to be wires in it when he asked for ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

After the bombing, Ellison said he thought nothing of it. However, when he saw Hinrichs' photo, it triggered his memory.
So, he "thought nothing of" the strange acting person asking for ammonium nitrate with wires coming out of his vest?



His son also had an interest in explosives, he said. (Captain Obvious)

"Every little boy does that," he said. "He went a little further than most."

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As a father, Mr. Hinrichs said he would like to believe that the explosion was an accidental death, but he said the evidence points to suicide.
Only in Oklahoma...


On the OU campus Monday, students returned to classes and the south oval where the suicide took place was reopened. The bench where authorities say Mr. Hinrichs was sitting was removed, and a new one was installed.
That's some fast turnaround. It's like a real-life Rollercoaster Tycoon.
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http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...o_koco/2977745

Apparently this kid used the same rare explosive that the Shoe Bomber tried to use.
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Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...o_koco/2977745

Apparently this kid used the same rare explosive that the Shoe Bomber tried to use.
Finally, proof that there may be a link to idiocy.
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Originally Posted by Turd Ferguson


Judging from the bomber's picture on Drudge, he was a Muslim Tom Hanks.

I imagined it was Doogie Howser after losing a malpractice suit.
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
Only in Oklahoma...

Except the kid is from and his dad is in Colorado.

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