Incident Summary:

8/22/1970: Gary Hogan, a suspected member of the Black Panthers Party, placed two time bombs in Dayton's Department Store in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. The first bomb detonated severely injuring one woman and causing damages to the restroom. The second bomb, ten times more powerful that the first, was discovered and disarmed outside of the restroom by police. It is believed that the second bomb was intended to kill police officers responding to the scene of the first bomb.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


St. Paul

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity St. Paul Police Department
Specific Description St. Paul Police Officers responding to a bombing
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 Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
One time bomb consisting of two sticks of dynamite and another time bomb consisting of twenty sticks of 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 Mary Peek was seriously injured but would survive her wounds. Following the bombing, there were many bomb threats in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Gary Hogan would also be convicted for planting a diversionary bomb as part of an attempted robbery of the First Grand Avenue Bank in St. Paul ten days later.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Panthers (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
Nick Coleman, "Knowing My Place: The Victim of 8/22," St. Paul Pioneer Press, September 1, 2002.
"Woman Injured By Bomb Blast In Minnesota," Baltimore Sun, August 24, 1970.
"Bomb Blast Injured Minneapolis Shopper," Schenectady Gazette, August 24, 1970.