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Hunt for Olympic Park blast suspect continues

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The 1996 bombing of Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park killed one person and wounded more than 100 others.  


ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Five years after a pipe bomb exploded in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, sending shrapnel ripping through the 1996 Olympic festivities, the man authorities say is responsible is still at large.

The blast killed Albany, Georgia, resident Alice Hawthorne. Melih Uzunyol, a Turkish television cameraman, died of a heart attack as he ran to film the explosion's aftermath.

More than 100 other people were wounded, including Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Steve Blackwell.

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"There's really no way to describe it, I saw the puff of gray smoke, I saw an orange flash, and then the blast wave picked me up and threw me," Blackwell told CNN Friday. "[I] never lost consciousness, but I lost my hearing, and the first thing I heard when my hearing started coming back was the sirens, and then I started hearing people scream."

Investigators linked the bombing to Eric Robert Rudolph, who is also accused of the 1997 bombings at a suburban Atlanta clinic that performs abortions and a lesbian night club and the 1998 bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama, clinic that performs abortions.

A civil lawsuit is pending against the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Rudolph's pickup truck was spotted near the clinic, triggering a massive manhunt.

Authorities believe Rudolph disappeared into the woods of the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina.

Rudolph has not been seen since 1998, when he allegedly stole a truck and 75 pounds of food.

Some investigators believe Rudolph is dead, while other theories say he has fled the United States. The Southeast Bomb Task Force is working on the assumption that he is still alive.



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