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In many countries making or having a pipe bomb is a serious crime.
- On 4 May 1886 a pipe bomb was thrown during a rally at Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It reached a police line and exploded, killing policeman Mathias J. Degan.
- On 20 October 1930 William Kogut, an inmate on San Quentin's death row, tore up decks of playing cards. He used them to make a pipe bomb, which he used to kill himself.
- On 27 July 1996 Eric Rudolph used a pipe bomb in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It killed two people and injured 111.
- On 25 July 1997, during the July 1997 riots in Northern Ireland, a well-known loyalist was found dead in Belfast. He is thought to have died in a premature pipe bomb explosion at an arms dump.
- On 5 June 1999 a Protestant civilian was killed when a pipe bomb was thrown through the window of her house in Portadown, Northern Ireland. She was married to a Catholic man. Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) members were blamed, although the group said they were not responsible.
- On 20 April 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold used pipe bombs during the Columbine High School massacre.
- On 11 November 2001 an Ulster Defence Association (UDA) member died in a premature pipe bomb explosion during a riot in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- On 3 January 2002 another UDA member died in a premature pipe bomb explosion in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
- On 10 August 2006 four pipe bombs were found in and around the city of Salem, Oregon, United States. Some suspected a "serial pipe bomber" was at fault. A man was later arrested and charged.
- On 11 December 2010 a suicide bomber used one out of six pipe bombs close to a major shopping district in Stockholm, Sweden. It killed the man and no one else. The incident is known as the 2010 Stockholm bombings.
- In January 2011 a potentially deadly pipe bomb was found along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial march in Spokane, Washington. The bomb was stopped and no one died.
- Lawson, John Davison; Robert Lorenzo Howard (1919). American State Trials: A Collection of the Important and Interesting Criminal Trials which Have Taken Place in the United States from the Beginning of Our Government to the Present Day. Thomas Law Books. p. 64. https://books.google.com/books?id=kfIUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA64&dq=a+fuse+with+a+cap+is+put+into+that+hole.
- Urban Legends Reference Pages: Death by Playing Cards. Snopes.com. 19 Jan 2007. http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/kogut.asp.
- Rudolph reveals motives. CNN.com. 19 Apr 2005. http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/13/eric.rudolph/index.html.
- "CAIN: Issue: Violence - Chronology of 'pipe-bomb' attacks". Cain.ulst.ac.uk. http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/issues/violence/attacks/pipebomb.htm. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- A Chronology of the Conflict: 1999 - Conflict Archive on the Internet
- Columbine Massacre. About.com. 24 Aug 2006. http://history1900s.about.com/od/famouscrimesscandals/a/columbine.htm.
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- "Police hunt loyalists after bomb death". BBC News. 12 November 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/1652886.stm. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "CAIN: Issues: Violence - Draft List of Deaths Related to the Conflict in 2002". Cain.ulst.ac.uk. http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/issues/violence/deaths2002draft.htm. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- Pipe Bombs Found in The Salem Area. Salem-News.com. 13 Aug 2006. http://salem-news.com/articles/august112006/bomb_folo_81106.php.
- Salem Pipe Bomb Suspect Back in Court Tuesday. Salem-News.com. 13 Feb 2007. http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february132007/salempipebombcase_021307.php.
- Sweden: Stockholm suicide bombings could have been 'catastrophic', The Telegraph, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/sweden/8197221/Sweden-Stockholm-suicide-bombings-could-have-been-catastrophic.html