In the late afternoon hours of July 22, the Oslo government center had, in one brief moment, exploded with the force of a volcano. 

The 15-story building’s facade had been ripped away, spewed on the streets below, and exposed its skeleton — dangling chunks of concrete, tangled wiring and bent pieces of metal.

Sedalia resident Glenrose Shultz and her husband were on vacation in the Scandinavian country and blocks away from the blast.

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Glenrose Schultz

Shultz likened it to an all too familiar incident in Oklahoma.

“The fact that only seven people were killed there tells me that he only intended to cause a great deal of damage. He wanted to get their attention.  He felt people were dissatisfied with what the government was doing. He went to the island because he know those people were so against Israel and so pro-Palestine.  It was that Tim McVeigh mentality.  If the government isn’t going to do anything, then I’m going to,” Shultz said.

Shultz added that the Norweigen politics of today are playing out on a different stage.

“A great influx of muslims have come to Norway.  There are about 50,000 new immigrants in Oslo itself. They’re learning what it is like to have all of these illegal immigrants.  They are just now facing the reality of the problems that are going to continue to exist.”

When it was all over, about 77 people lay dead, and dozens more injured.

Image courtesy of Beta/AP

By the numbers

8 – People killed by Oslo car bombing.

4.8 million – Norway’s population

600 – The number of youth attending camp on the island.

69 – People killed at the youth camp.

14 to 61 – Ages of those killed in both attacks.

3:32 p.m. – Bomb explodes in Oslo.

4:57 p.m. – Anders Behring Breivik arrives on Utoya.

6:27 p.m. – Breivik is arrested without incident.