History Brief

On February 26, 1993, shortly after noon, an explosive was detonated in a van in a garage area beneath the World Trade Center complex. Six people were killed and more than a thousand were injured. The blast left a crater six stories deep in the building?s basement floor causing $300 million worth of damage.

In 1995, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and nine others (Sudanese, Egyptian, American and Jordanian citizens) were convicted of conspiracy and other charges related to the bombing. In 1998, the alleged mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, also was convicted of the bombing and received multiple life sentences.

The World Trade Center consisted of seven buildings, the most prominent being the two 110-story rectangular twin towers that rose 1,362 ft and 1,368 ft into the air. The building complex was built in 1973 at a cost of $750 million. It is the world?s largest commercial complex, consisting of numerous businesses, government agencies, a shopping concourse and international trade headquarters.

Information compiled by Wade Tatangelo

“The people that are responsible for this should be held accountable.”
-Tarlos Rebello,

“It?s the worst thing that I have ever seen happen, anywhere ever. Terribly frightening?
-Jennifer Hills,

“We?re waiting on this information also.?

-Sgt. Mike Purcell,
University Police