Incident Summary:

2/13/1970: Unknown perpetrators detonated two dynamite bombs in the parking lot of the Berkeley Police Station in California, United States, during a shift change. Seven police officers were injured, three cars were destroyed, and windows were shattered at nearby buildings.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Parking lot of police station

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police Station
Specific Description Berkeley Police Station
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/Bombs/Dynamite Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
Homemade dynamite time bombs
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 bombs detonated 30 seconds apart. The bombs used in the attack were similar to the devices used in the attack against a police station in San Francisco three days later (197002160001). There was a contentious City Council debate earlier in the week as to whether the police department should receive a helicopter.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Nationalists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 7
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"San Francisco Bomb Injured 7 Policemen," Washington Post, February 18, 1970."
"Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970."
"Bombs Injure 2 Policemen in Berkeley," Washington Post, February 14, 1970."