Incident Summary:

4/19/1970: In a simultaneous bombing campaign, suspected White Racists detonated an explosive device at the Japanese Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington, United States. There were no casualties and the church sustained $2,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Capital Hill Area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Church
Specific Description Japanese Presbyterian Church
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 $2,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
All four bombs went off in a span of 90 minutes.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This was part of a multiple attack 197004190002, 197004190003, and 197004190004. Although leftists, rightists, Blacks, and Whites have been accused of being perpetrators of the bombings, the general consensus is that the attack was carried out by White Racists. This attack had a great psychological affect on the city of Seattle. The mayor enforced the notion that the citizens of the Emerald City were "frightened" and needed answers.
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
Earl Caldwell, "Fear Grows in Seattle as Police Urge F.B.I. Help on Bombings," New York Times, April 26, 1970.
"4 Buildings Bombed in Seattle," Washington Post, April 21, 1970.
Carole Beers, "David Sprague, Former Legislator Who Was Radical Thinker, Gadfly," Seattle Times, June 28, 1997.