Untitled (Firefighters Douse The Compound With Water)
The confrontation on the morning of May 13, before the bombing
As the standoff continued, the fire department tried using water from fire hoses to knock down the walls of the compound or the rooftop bunker. Water poured into the building, but failed to create an opening for police. After this failed, police tried using battering rams to break down the walls, but discovered that MOVE had reinforced all exterior walls. As nightfall approached, Mayor Goode publicly stated that the city would take the compound "by any means necessary". After a hasty planning session, Commissioner Sambor presented a plan to drop an explosive on the roof of the compound with the goal of taking out the rooftop bunker. Goode quickly approved the plan.
Alex Q. Arbuckle, "May 13, 1985: The Bombing of MOVE"
May 13, 1985
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