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25 Years Ago, Harveys Tahoe Was The Bomb

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 25th August 2005 1:56am
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In the early morning hours of Aug. 26, 1980 — 25 years ago this week — three men wheeled what looked like a piece of office equipment into the second floor offices of the 11-story Harvey’s Resort Hotel at Stateline, Lake Tahoe. The “machine” — as the men sometimes called it — was actually a homemade bomb filled with 907 pounds of explosives.

The bomb, designed with a dizzying array of triggering devices, could never be rendered safe, the bombers said in a letter they left behind that morning. The only thing authorities would be able to do is find out how to move it out of the casino to a safe place in the desert, where it could be detonated without destroying any buildings or killing any people.

But the only way to get that information, the bombers said, was to pay them $3 million in unmarked $100 bills. Harvey’s had 24 hours to act. “Any deviation from these conditions will leave your casino in shambles,” the bombers warned.

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