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Manchester bomb 1996
1996: down but not out

Manchester bomb: where were you?

On 15 June 1996, a massive IRA bomb exploded in the heart of Manchester. It's a moment in the city's history that Mancunians will never forget. But where were you? Ten years on, we want to hear your story:

15 June 1996: a sunny morning in Manchester. Market St and the Arndale Centre were filling up with around 80,000 Saturday shoppers, many buying Father's Day presents.

Person injured by Manchester bomb 1996
Injured: 200 people were hurt

Then, at precisely 11:17 and 04 seconds, a massive 3,000lb bomb went off, exploding at 2,000 feet per second. The power of the blast wrecked Marks and Spencer and the Arndale and lifted the dome of the Royal Exchange building several inches.

Thanks to a desperate effort by police to evacuate the city centre, no-one was killed although 200 people were injured - some seriously - by flying glass.

Where were you?

Were you in Manchester that day? Were you moved out of the city by the police? Maybe you were shopping in the Arndale? Were you in Debenham's that day? Do you remember the blast? Please get in touch using the form below.

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