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April 19 th is a dark day in American history with the siege at Waco and the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building both taking place respectively on that day. It has now been 15 years since the terrible conflagration that occurred at the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, and 13 years since the attack on the Alfred P.


For more than five hours armored vehicles, some of which punched holes into walls, deposited tear-gas canisters inside the compound; at am the assault ended.

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While the government long maintained that it was not involved in starting or spreading the fire, in it was revealed that some of the tear gas used by the FBI was flammable. Believing that the group was illegally stockpiling weapons, the U.

On February 28,more than 70 ATF agents raided the complex. Please refer to the appropriate style manual or other sources if you have any questions. External Websites.

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Gunfire erupted—though it is uncertain who fired first—and during the two-hour battle, four federal agents were killed and more than a dozen injured. Due to safety concerns, firefighters were not allowed into the area for another 15 minutes, by which time the compound was beyond saving.

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Investigators ultimately found 75 bodies, 25 of which belonged to children. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Print Cite verified Cite. Date: February 28, - April 19, Show more Participants: Branch Davidian Show more Context: David Koresh Show more.

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A of the deceased had been fatally shot, including Koresh. Nearly law-enforcement officials subsequently descended on the compound, including FBI hostage negotiators. Facebook Twitter.

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up here to see what happened On This Dayevery day in your inbox! Some 25 minutes later, the Branch Davidians set several fires, and at pm gunfire was heard inside the compound. See all media. Soon thereafter, the Branch Davidians began firing weapons.

His probe, which concluded infound that the U. Regardless of such findings, some people viewed the Waco siege as governmental abuse of authority, and it spurred the growth of militias. At approximately am on April 19,the FBI began spraying tear gas into the complex. Full Article. Waco siege.

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Get a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. Partly in exchange for various supplies—including milk that was delivered in cartons with listening devices—Koresh allowed more than 30 followers to leave. However, in the mids the group became embroiled in a power struggle, and by the end of the decade Vernon Howell later called David Koresh had become head of the Mt. Carmel community.

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Subscribe Now. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. While nine people managed to escape, the rest died. There the Branch Davidians lived a simple life, preparing for the imminent return of Jesus.

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Waco Siege. However, it was thought that some remained in the compound.

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History at your fingertips. While every effort has been made to follow citation style rules, there may be some discrepancies.

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In addition, six Davidians reportedly died. Nearly 80 people were killed. Branch Davidianmember of an offshoot group of the Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Church that made headlines on February 28,when its Mount Carmel headquarters near Waco, Texas, was raided by the U. A lengthy….

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Later that year Reno appointed John Danfortha lawyer and former Republican senator, to investigate the raid. address.

Additional Info. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article requires. Give Feedback. While some of the wounds appeared to be self-inflicted, others did not. On April 19,after a day standoff with federal agents, nearly 80 members of the Branch Davidian religious group perished in a fire at their compound near Waco.

Inon the second anniversary of the raid, Timothy McVeigh carried out the Oklahoma City bombingwhich killed people.