Incident Summary:

1/19/1970: Unknown perpetrators ignited a fire at the Black Panther Party headquarters in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States. Two hours later shots were fired at the building. There were no casualties but the building sustained minor damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New Jersey

Jersey City

Location Details:
Front of building

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Black Panther Party
Specific Description Headquarters
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Gasoline was placed on the steps of the building and set on fire. Between 10-30 shots were fired.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The building might have been shot at a second time after the Panthers evacuated the building. The arson took place just before midnight on January 19th and the shooting took place after 1 A.M. on January 20th.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/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
Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970.
"Black Panthers Say Office Was Bombed," New York Times, January 20, 1970.
"30 Shots Fired Into Office of Panthers in Jersey City," Washington Post, January 21, 1971.