Incident Summary:

4/18/1972: The Jewish Defense League detonated a bomb in Bellflower, California, United States. Two people were injured and the bomb caused an estimated $250,000 in damages to surrounding buildings.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
1600 Bellflower Blvd.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown business in Bellflower California
Specific Description Building containing Castlehead Escrow, Bruce Mulhearn Realty Office, and Lana's Kopy Kat Print 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 $250,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Explosive device thrown from car
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 bomb detonated around 11:40 PM. Two long haired youths in a car was were witnessed throwing the bomb in front of the Escrow Office. The bomb was burning in a paper bag before it exploded. The power of the device was equivalent to six sticks of dynamite. Minutes after the bombing, the United Press International received a call claiming that the bomb was for "Jesus freaks and prejudiced against Jews." The caller was unclear about the target of the attack but shouted "never again" before hanging up. "Never again" was a slogan of the Jewish Defense League. The JDL detonated a bomb in the Los Angeles area two weeks earlier (197204050001).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
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
"Bomb Destroys 4 Offices In Suburban Los Angeles," New York Times, April 20, 1972.
David Rosenzweig, "Bombing in Bellflower May Be Linked to Housing Controversy," Los Angeles Times, April 20, 1972.
"Bomb Blast Wrecks Building," The Bulletin, April 19, 1972.