Incident Summary:

02/16/1973: Suspected members of the Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) placed an incendiary device in a raincoat display in the mezzanine of Alexander's Department store in New York City in the United States. The device was removed by two members of the NYC Police bomb squad before the device was set off. There was no damage to the store or to merchandise.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
Manhattan; Alexander's Department Store, Lexington Avenue at 58th Street, NYC

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Alexander's Department Store
Specific Description store
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
incendiary device
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
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
"Metropolitan Briefs: Police Check on Incendiary Device," New York Times, February 16, 1973.
"Incendiary Device Found In 58th St. Alexander's," New York Times, February 15, 1973.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.