Incident Summary:

5/8/1971: Suspected members of the Chicano Liberation Front bombed the Los Angeles County welfare office located in the Department of Public Social Services Building in Los Angeles, California, United States. The were no casualties but the front door was destroyed.

GTD ID:
197105080003

When:
1971-05-08

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

California

City:
Los Angeles

Location Details:
2707 South Grand Ave.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Welfare Office
Specific Description Los Angeles County Welfare Office
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 Pipe Bomb
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 Chicano Liberation Front claimed credit for the incident in a tape recording sent to the Los Angeles Free Press. The CLF stated that they were "fed up with our people being treated like dogs." However, authorities could not confirm if the CLF actually committed the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chicano Liberation Front (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
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
Sources
"Bombing In LA," The Modesto Bee, May 9, 1971.
Marcia McKnight Trick, "Chronology of Incidents of Terroristic, Quasi-Terroristic, and Political Violence in the United States: January 1965 to March 1976," National Advisory Committee on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals: Report of the Task Force on Disorders and Terrorism, 1976.
Paul Houston and Franz Rodriguez, "Chicano Militants Reportedly Claim 28 Bombings in L.A.," Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1971.