Incident Summary:

3/22/1970: In a series of related attacks, a member of the Black Panther Party placed a pipe bomb on the window ledge of Chase-Manhattan Bank in the Bronx, New York, United States. Police discovered and disarmed the time bomb.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The Bronx

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Chase-Manhattan Bank
Specific Description Chase-Manhattan Bank, Bronx branch
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
Weapon Details
Pipe bomb with timer
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Part of a multiple attack with 197003220001 and 197003220003. Police believed that 197003220001 and 197003220002 were carried out by Godwin Bernard, a member of the Black Panther Party. He was injured when a bomb accidentally blew up in his apartment in what the police determined was a bomb factory. Police accused his roommate Ishmael Brown, who died in the apartment blast, to be the perpetrator of 197003220003. There was a pipe bomb placed in the same bank two weeks later (197004020002).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Panthers No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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.
Michael Knight, "15 at the Electric Circus Injured in Bomb Explosion," New York Times, March 23, 1970.
Lawrence Van Gelder, "Injured Bombing Suspect Is Arraigned in Hospital," New York Times, August 12, 1970.