Incident Summary:

10/6/1977: The George Jackson Brigade attempted to firebomb vehicles at the Westland Buick new care dealership in Seattle, Washington in the United States. However, the incendiary device failed to ignite.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
9600 First NE

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Car dealership in Seattle area
Specific Description Westlund Buick Company, Seattle Washington
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
incendiary bomb consisting of a white plastic timer and a gallon bottle of gasoline and sulfuric acid wrapped with cheesecloth containing a potassium chlorate solution
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 George Jackson Brigade released a communiqué on October 12, 1977 claiming the incident. The GJB stated that the dealership was chosen because Westlund was the president of the King County Automobile Dealers' Association. (See communiqués of the George Jackson Brigade. )
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
George Jackson Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
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
"George Jackson Brigade: Explosives and Incendiary Devices," Federal Bureau of Investigation: Seattle Washington, September 6, 1978.
"George Jackson Brigade," Federal Bureau of Investigation: Seattle Washington, January 4, 1978.
Camela Raymond, "Fragments from the Front: Three Years in the Life of the George Jackson Brigade, 1975-1978," The Organ Review of Arts, Winter 2004.