🤑 35 years ago today: The bomb that shook Lake Tahoe

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In a bomb was placed in Harvey's Casino Lake Tahoe for ransom by two or three people, possibly a father and son. The bomb went off.


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An explosion rips through Harvey's Resort Hotel Casino at Lake Tahoe in August Unable 1 of Terry Lee Hall, left, and Willis Brown.


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26, , a bomb was discovered at Harvey's Wagon Wheel casino and hotel. Thousands of gamblers and hundreds of guests were evacuated.


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An explosion rips through Harvey's Resort Hotel Casino at Lake Tahoe in August Unable 1 of Terry Lee Hall, left, and Willis Brown.


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Harvey's and other nearby casinos in Lake Tahoe were evacuated, and on the The bomb exploded, creating a five-story crater in the hotel.


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26, , a bomb was discovered at Harvey's Wagon Wheel casino and hotel. Thousands of gamblers and hundreds of guests were evacuated.


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Harveys' bomb remains a teaching tool for FBI more than 30 years of Harveys Resort Hotel at Stateline, Nevada, perched on Lake Tahoe's.


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Harveys' bomb remains a teaching tool for FBI more than 30 years of Harveys Resort Hotel at Stateline, Nevada, perched on Lake Tahoe's.


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Birges had built the bomb at his home in Fresno with hundreds of pound of dynamite stolen from the Helms Creek hydroelectric project. In his weekly column, From the Archive, he explores the depths of The Chronicle's vast photography archive in search of interesting historical tales related to the City by the Bay. This was no ordinary bomb. The police and FBI decided to try to disarm the bomb with a small explosive device, using remote control, but instead, it triggered the bomb. The cash was supposed to be delivered by helicopter to a point 15 miles south of the airport near Echo Summit. Top of the News. On Tuesday, Aug. He needed money to cover his gambling losses. An attempt was made to deliver the ransom, but the money drop never happened. Lake Tahoe was a popular summer destination, with lots of water activities for children and the closest legal gambling for Bay Area residents. No lights were ever seen, and the helicopter, running out of fuel, returned to South Lake Tahoe. He would be sentenced to 20 years in prison. The box was also covered with switches and leveling bubbles, suggesting it might go off if there was any attempt to move it. John Birges was convicted as the mastermind behind the explosive device and extortion plot. There were no injuries. A year later, the mastermind, John Birges, and five others would be arrested in connection with the extortion plot. Local By Heather Knight Tenderloin sinks deeper into misery; no one is coming to help.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} The device had been disguised as office equipment, with phony IBM lettering on the containers. Strobe lights were supposed to guide the helicopter to further instructions. It must have been tough for Peter to keep his hands on the wheel and not reach for his camera. What makes it even more spectacular is that the aerial photos were taken by Chronicle photographer Fred Larson from a Cessna piloted by Peter Breinig, another Chronicle photographer. The blast caused heavy damage inside the executive offices and tore a two-story hole in the northeast side of the resort hotel. It seemed like the perfect place to start our photo digitizing project. Thousands of gamblers and hundreds of guests were evacuated from the hotel. Authorities said the bomb contained about a thousand pounds of explosives and was inside a lead-lined box, making it impervious to X-ray equipment, which might have offered clues to the explosive mechanisms and detonator. When the bomb went off at p. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Our oversize prints are stored in a separate room from the rest of the photo collection and are often missed when we are looking to illustrate a story.