Incident Summary:

5/9/1970: The Stop the War Coalition claimed credit for setting fire to the Humanities Building at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University in New York, United States. Twelve firefighters were injured fighting the blaze and the building sustained $100,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Long Island University, Brooklyn campus
Specific Description Humanities Building, Long Island University
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 $100,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
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 Stop the War Coalition sent a letter to the president of Long Island University warning that there would be more attacks against the university unless the campus closed. Twelve firemen were treated for smoke inhalation. This was one of many attacks against military targets within the United States following the shooting of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Stop the War Coalition (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 12
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
William E. Farrell, "Political Action By Youth Is Goal," New York Times, May 10, 1970.
William Greider, "Fire Hit Campuses; Rallies Calm," Washington Post, May 10, 1970.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.