Carmel, Waco, Texas: agents of the US Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms raid the Christian cult's building in an attempt to seize
illegal firearms and explosives. Four agents were killed, 15 were injured in the
largest, most costly, operation the department had ever undertaken. Six Branch
Davidians were killed, many more were injured, including David Koresh, the cult's
leader, whose teachings included that the Bible's Book of Revelation was about
to come true.
FBI took over. A seven week stand off then began.
situation came to an all out assault on 18th April when FBI agents used tear gas
to storm the building. The compound erupted into flames.
and at least 80 of his followers, including 22 children, died during the second
assault on Mount Carmel.