Incident Summary:

12/25/1972: In a series of related events, members of the Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) were suspected of setting off an incendiary device at the Gimbels East department store in Manhattan, New York, United States. There were no casualties but the store sustained an estimated $2,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
Manhattan; Home Furnishing Department

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Department Store
Specific Description Gimbels East
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 $2,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Incendiary table tennis ball consisting of chemicals that made it explode after a certain amount of time.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Part of a multiple attack with 197212240003 and 197212240002. Police suspected MIRA because the incendiary devices used in the attack were typical to the group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) (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
Emanuel Perlmutter, "Fire Bomb Ignites At Gimbels East," New York Times, December 25, 1972.
"Puerto Rican Unit Sought In Blasts," New York Times, December 26, 1972.
William Sater, "Puerto Rican Terrorists: A Possible Threat to U.S. Energy Installations?," RAND, October 1981.