1980 KRON Coverage of Harveys Casino Blast

Anchors Fred LaCosse and Rita Channon, and reporters David Fowler (deceased) and Ginger Rutland (now Sacramento Bee Editorial Writer) cover an explosion at the South Lake Tahoe casino Harveys.

The hotel suffered an explosion from a 1,200 pound bomb on August 27, 1980 that left a crater three stories deep when detonated by the FBI.

The bomb was placed by John Birges, a heavily in-debt Fresno landscaper who had lost at least $750,000 at Harveys and was hoping to extort $3 million from the bomb threat. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, where he died from liver cancer in 1996.