Newly Released FBI Video IIlustrates Destructive Force Of Harpha - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Newly Released FBI Video IIlustrates Destructive Force Of Harpham Bomb

SPOKANE , Wash. - KHQ has acquired chilling new FBI video that illustrates how deadly and destructive the backpack bomb that was planted along the Martin Luther King Unity March on January 17 would have been.

Kevin Harpham has already pleaded guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and targeting minorities with a bomb he admittedly built using quarter ounce fishing weights laced with rat poison. He placed the device at the northeast corner of Main and Washington in downtown Spokane along the original parade route.

According to court documents the actions of two city contract workers and Spokane police Sgts. Jason Hartman and Eric Olsen likely averted an explosion that could have killed or severely injured several people.

A source close to the investigation confirmed the 37-year-old Harpham "was in the parade" but "It was the good work of the Spokane Police Department in moving the parade that removed an opportunity to detonate the device."

In March the FBI reconstructed the bomb with the same explosives and contents used by Harpham and videotaped its detonation. 

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