FBI Model Used in 1993 WTC Bombing Prosecution Now on View

A model of the World Trade Center parking garage is shown encased in display glass on a table at the Museum.
A model of the World Trade Center parking garage, now on view in a special installation at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Photo by Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial.

When four of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing faced trial, prosecutors relied on a model of the underground parking garage where the bomb was detonated. The FBI created the model to demonstrate the scale of the bomb crater that measured 150-feet wide and several stories deep.

The prosecution team used the model to prove that the bomb was the sole cause of the explosion, demonstrate the dispersion of evidence caused by the blast and establish that the terrorists used the rental van to bring the bomb into the garage.

Beginning today through March 5, the model will be featured in the 9/11 Memorial Museum as part of a special installation recognizing the 25th anniversary of the deadly terror attack.

The month-long installation, “Remembering the 1993 Bombing at the World Trade Center,” tells the story of the bombing plot, its effects on the 16-acre site and the effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Its opening marks the start of several weeks of special programming and commemoration offered in conjunction with the milestone anniversary of the bombing, including a Feb. 22 public program, “Prosecuting the 1993 Bombers,” in which former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White will discuss the challenges of prosecuting terrorism and her role in bringing the perpetrators of the 1993 attack to justice.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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