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After authorities evacuated Harveys Casino and the surrounding area, Hotel at Stateline, Nevada, perched on Lake Tahoe's placid shores.


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Tahoe casinos offered a $ reward, and dozens of FBI agents were assigned to the investigation. of the anniversary of the casino bombing, authorities made their first arrest in the case. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.


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Retired Special Agent Chris Ronay describes the FBI's role in the investigation of an "undefeatable" pound bomb at a Nevada casino in


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26, , when a one-ton bomb disguised as a large copy machine was headquartered at the time at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Sayer was on the outskirts of Las.


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Harvey's and other nearby casinos in Lake Tahoe were evacuated, and on the The bomb exploded, creating a five-story crater in the hotel.


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In a bomb was placed in Harvey's Casino Lake Tahoe for ransom by two or three people, possibly a father and son. The bomb went off.


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Birges Jr. On August 15, , almost a year after planting the bomb, Birges Sr. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Have something to add to this story? No Comments. He and his wife had two sons, John Waldo Jr. In June , Birges Sr. The explosion occurred at about p. They were eventually convicted and served time in federal prison. An investigator examines the Harveys bomb, which contained nearly 1, pounds of dynamite and a variety of triggering mechanisms that made it virtually undefeatable, photo courtesy the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After much deliberation, Gross, who had started the casino in as a cabin with a blackjack table and a couple of slot machines, reluctantly consented. However, he unequivocally acquired and honed pilot skills while fighting Soviet forces occupying his native Hungary. Cancel reply. At about p. Sprung three days later by fellow revolutionaries, he journeyed west across Europe as a Red Cross interpreter. In a memoir, John Birges Jr. After authorities evacuated Harveys Casino and the surrounding area, experts attempted to disarm the bomb, but their efforts were unsuccessful and the bomb exploded, photo courtesy the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At 74, Birges Sr. The new boyfriend called the FBI, provided the tip, and agents mobilized and set up a complex surveillance project ending in the arrest John Birges Jr. Due to ineptitude likely on Birges Sr. Officials later identified the three men as John Birges Sr. Share it in the comments. Birges Sr. Matthew Renda is a Nevada Cityโ€”based writer. Yet, on that day, explosive experts with scant confidence and no illusions asked Harvey Gross permission to attempt to render the device safe, while apprising the owner of the likelihood of failure. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}About 20 minutes later, a graveyard shift slot manager contacted casino security after noticing the tampered locks and the large device. Born in Hungary in , Birges Sr. John Birges Jr. Soviet military captured Birges Sr. No one was injured and in fact many of the onlookers in proximity cheered loudly, toasting bottles and reveling. In October , Birges Sr. The effort proved unsuccessful: The device detonated 33 hours after it was planted when agents failed to neutralize the triggering mechanism. The FBI interviewed suspects and hundreds of witnesses over the next several weeks. When the couple broke up, the woman began dating another man and disclosed that Birges Sr. He divorced his wife in , but she lived in a trailer on Birges Sr. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. They quickly secured work with a California corporation, and Birges Sr. That winter, he casually informed his sons he planned to build a bomb to extort money from the casino that was becoming the repository of all his earnings. A dramatic case ensued, with local, state and federal law enforcement officials working against the clock to defuse the bomb. The van registration information led investigators to John Birges Jr. That action inadvertently activated one of the many triggers attached to the bomb, puncturing a crater in the side of the casino as onlookers cheered. The bomb squad, holed up in an empty room on the second floor of the deserted casino on the morning of August 27, , more than 24 hours after the bomb was discovered, engaged in some rigorous problem-solving exercises. Released after eight and a half years, he was recaptured in November while fighting Soviet forces in his hometown, Kecskemet. Meanwhile, the culprits bungled their way onto the road of suspicion, capture and incarceration. Debris was everywhere.