Monthly Archives: July 2012

Makings of a Bomb

Brian handled hundreds of bombs in his six years on the NYPD. He was trained in the Air Force and dismantled bombs in VietNam. He was an expert, a skilled technician, and safety was a primary concern. But this bomb was different. It blew up before he had a chance to look at it. Why did it explode? That’s what I wanted to know and what the NYPD bomb squad wouldn’t tell me.

Brian (l) with Ray Walsh examining pieces of a bomb that exploded at Fraunces Tavern in 1975.

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