Incident Summary:

5/1/1970: In a series of related incidents, Puerto Rican nationalists detonated one bomb at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx, New York, United States. One person was injured in the attack and the theater sustained light damages.



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 Paradise 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
One concussion bomb
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 197005010005. The attacks took place just minutes apart. 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 / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Small Bombs Injure 17 in N.Y. Theaters," Washington Post, May 2, 1970."
"Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970."
"Paul L. Montgomery, "Bronx Bombings Scored By Mayor," New York Times, May 3, 1970."