Incident Summary:

5/19/1971: Suspected members of the Chicano Liberation Front threw two Molotov cocktails at Valencia High School in Placentia, California, United States. One firebomb crashed through a window of a secretarial office and the other bounced off the building and ignited on the sidewalk. There were no casualties but the incendiary devices caused an estimated $1,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
500 North Bradford Ave.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity
Specific Description Valencia High School, Placentia California
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 $1,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Two Molotov cocktails consisting of soft drink bottles filled with gasoline and connected to a cloth wick
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information An anonymous caller phoned the police claiming that the Chicano Liberation Front firebombed the high school. However, school authorities were unsure of the validity of the claim.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chicano Liberation Front (suspected) 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 / 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
"Valencia High Damaged by Fire Bombing," Los Angeles Times, May 20, 1972.
Ramon G. McLeod, "Bombing 2nd This Week in South Orange County," The Orange County Register, February 21, 1987.