Bath Township, Michigan

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Bath Charter Township is a charter township of Clinton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 7,541. It is situated directly north of the city of East Lansing. According to the 2009 census estimate, the population was 11,543, making this the fastest growing municipality in Metro Lansing.[3]

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Bath Township was originally organized in 1839 as Ossowa Township, having been split off from DeWitt Township by an act of the governor. It was renamed Bath Township in 1843 after Bath, New York.

Bath Township was the scene of the May 18, 1927 Bath School Disaster, a series of bombings of a farm, elementary school and car. The bombings killed 45 people and injured an additional 58; most of these were children in the second through sixth grades. The Bath School Disaster is the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in United States history, claiming more than three times as many victims as the Columbine High School massacre, and half-again as many victims as the Virginia Tech shootings. It was also the worst act of domestic terrorism in the United States until the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Disgruntled Bath Consolidated school board member Andrew Kehoe, upset by a property tax levy to fund the school building that he blamed for putting his farm into foreclosure, first killed his wife and set his farm buildings on fire. As fire fighters arrived at the farm, an explosion rocked the school building. A detonator that Kehoe had planted in the school ignited dynamite and hundreds of pounds of pyrotol hidden inside the school's north wing, killing the majority of the victims. While rescuers gathered at the school, Kehoe drove up, called the school superintendent over and detonated a bomb in his shrapnel-filled vehicle, killing himself and the superintendent, as well as killing and injuring several more. An additional 500 pounds (230 kg) of pyrotol that had failed to explode was subsequently found inside the school's south wing.

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