Incident Summary:

6/29/1970: Suspected members of the Black Panther Party bombed the Harvey Ingham Hall of Science at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. There were no casualties but the explosion caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to the building.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Des Moines

Location Details:
Drake University

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Drake University
Specific Description Harvey Ingham Hall of Science at Drake 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 $300,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
15 to 20 pounds of high power dynamite
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information On May 5th 1970, a large quantity of dynamite was stolen from Quick Supply, a dynamite supply warehouse in Ankeny Iowa. Police believed that the stolen dynamite was used by the Black Panthers in this attack as well as in four other incidents taking place in Iowa during May and June 1970 (197005130001, 197005220003, 197006130001, and 197006210001).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Panthers (suspected) 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
Committee on Internal Security House of Representatives, "Black Panther Party, Part 4," U.S. Government Printing Office, October-November, 1970.
Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970.
"Dynamite Blast Damages Science Hall at Drake U." New York Times, June 30, 1970.