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On this day in 1985, Philadelphia police fired 10,000 rounds of ammo & dropped 2 bombs on the home of Black activists, igniting a major fire. 11 people trapped inside were killed, incl. 5 children (aged 7 to 13). The #MOVEbombing devastated the neighborhood, destroying 61 homes.
The military-style attack on MOVE organization involved 500 police officers. The officers had flak jackets, SWAT gear, .50- and .60-caliber machine guns, an anti-tank machine gun and a helicopter, which was used to drop the bombs.
Before the bombing, police & fire dept has used fire hoses to try to force the MOVE members out, but when the bombs ignited a fire that engulfed the entire block, they refused to stop the fire. Instead, they fired at MOVE members attempting to escape the fire.
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