• Short Summary

    A bomb smuggled into the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., exploded near a secret air?

  • Description

    1.
    GV Bomb-damaged ladies' toilet area
    0.06

    2.
    CU PAN Rubble on floor
    0.13

    3.
    SV Sign on wall "Women", TILT DOWN TO workmen placing rubble in cart
    0.22

    4.
    SV Police and others in hallway
    0.32

    5.
    MV Soldier with dog
    0.38

    6.
    MV People walking through doorway
    0.43

    7.
    MV Police checking briefcase
    0.46

    8.
    CU Sign "PACKAGE INSPECTION", TILT UP TO CU police-man's face
    0.53

    9.
    MV People passing policeman.
    0.56



    Initials BB/2200 JH/PW/BB/2230


    This film is from the American National Broadcasting Company.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A bomb smuggled into the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., exploded near a secret air force area on Friday (19 May), blowing out walls and doors, damaging computer equipment and sending torrents of water flooding to floors below. There were no injuries in the explosion, which occurred in a fourth floor women's toilet of the massive Defence Department headquarters.

    An extreme militant left-wing offshoot of the liberal Students for a Democratic Society organisation, calling themselves the "Weather Men", claimed responsibility for the attack. They said it was in protest against the stepping-up of the Vietnam war. They also said the bomb was in honour of the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, the late leader of North Vietnam.

    Police used dogs in the search after the blast.

    First reports said the secret air force area itself was damaged. But this was later denied by Pentagon officials who said that although the damaged computer equipment was used for restricted purposes, the top secret air force area wasn't damaged.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABJDJ7V42OJ1FTMLO4IPF8K7ZJ
    Media URN:
    VLVABJDJ7V42OJ1FTMLO4IPF8K7ZJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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