Incident Summary:

5/1/1970: In a series of related incidents, suspected Puerto Rican nationalists detonated two bombs at the Dale Theatre in the Bronx, New York, United States. Ten people were injured in the attack and the theater sustained light damages. A third bomb that did not detonate was eventually discovered.



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) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Bronx Theater
Specific Description Dale Theater
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Three concussion bombs
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 197005010006. Authorities believed that Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) member Carlos Feliciano was involved in the incident, but he was never charged. (See: ""Charge Puerto Rican in Bombings,"" Chicago Defender, May 19, 1970.)"
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 10
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Small Bombs Injure 17 in N.Y. Theaters," Washington Post, May 2, 1970."
"Paul L. Montgomery, "Bronx Bombings Scored By Mayor," New York Times, May 3, 1970."
"Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970."