Otherside Lounge bombing

The Otherside Lounge bombing was a domestic terroristpipe bombing attack that occurred on February 21, 1997, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. At approximately 9:45 p.m., a bomb exploded at the Otherside Lounge lesbian bar that damaged the building and destroyed several cars in the parking lot. While no one was killed, five people were injured, including one critically injured patron. The bombing had been carried out by Eric Rudolph, a serial bomber who had previously committed the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996 that was responsible for two deaths, and he had targeted the nightclub due to his strong opposition to the gay rights movement. In the aftermath of the bombing, investigators were able to link the bombing to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing and to a nearby bombing of an abortion clinic. Several months later, following a bombing of an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, officials were able to link Rudolph to all four bombings and, following a largescale manhunt, he was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison in 2005. The nightclub, which had been in operation since 1990, never fully recovered from the incident and closed two years after the bombing.

Otherside Lounge bombing
Part of terrorism in the United States and violence against LGBT people in the United States
Location 1924 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Date February 21, 1997
Target Otherside Lounge
Attack type
Bombing
Weapon Pipe bomb
Deaths 0
Injured 5
Perpetrator Eric Rudolph

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The Otherside Lounge was a nightclub located on Piedmont Road in northeast Atlanta that catered to LGBT individuals,[1] specifically lesbians.[2][3] At approximately 9:45 p.m. on the night of February 21, 1997, a bomb located on the outdoor patio of the nightclub exploded. Initially, several people inside the bar believed that a woman had been shot, but they realized that the event had been an explosion after the woman showed that a nail from the bomb had pierced her arm. While there were no casualties, several people were injured, with The New York Times reporting that “at least five people” had suffered injuries from the blast. At least 100 people were in the nightclub at the time of the incident.[1] The explosion damaged the building and destroyed several cars in the parking lot.[4] Police arrived shortly after the explosion and discovered a second bomb inside a backpack hidden in some bushes in the nightclub’s parking lot.[2] The police bomb squad used a robot to detonate this second bomb, which left a crater in the parking lot. At the time, it was thought that this second bomb could have been timed to explode after the initial bomb explosion.[1]

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