Incident Summary:

1/12/1970: Unknown perpetrators threw a pipe bomb into the vacant dean's office of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York, United States. There were no casualties but the explosion caused minor damages. Earlier in the day anti-war and pro-Black Panther statements were discovered painted outside the walls of the school.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity High School
Specific Description James Madison High School
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
Crudely made pipe bomb. Five inches long and a half inch thick filled with gunpowder that was connected to a fuse.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information One half hour after the bomb explosion, an anonymous caller warned of a bomb that was going to detonated in the locker room, however this device was never found. The inscriptions on the wall of the building were "Panthers 21," "Support Young Lords," and "Americong." There was no history of racial violence at James Madison High School.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast Damages Flatbush School," New York Times, January 13, 1970.
Linda Greenhouse, "Madison School Puzzled By Bomb," New York Times, January 18, 1970.
Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970.