Incident Summary:

11/18/1979: The Jewish Defense League (JDL) claimed credit for setting off a smoke bomb at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York, United States. The JDL was protesting the performance by the Moscow Pops Orchestra. The device went off at the end of the concert and by the time the smoke filled the concert hall the audience was already in the process of exiting.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity US building housing Soviet Performers
Specific Description Carnegie Hall
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Soviet performers in the United States
Specific Description Moscow Pops Orchestra
Nationality of Target Soviet Union
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Smoke bomb
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 smoke bomb was set off at 10:05 PM. One half hour later, an anonymous caller phoned the New York Times, Associated Press, and United Press International claiming responsibility for the incident on behalf of the Jewish Defense League.
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 / 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
"The City: Smoke Bomb Set Off Inside Carnegie Hall," New York Times, November 19, 1979.
"Backgrounder: The Jewish Defense League," Anti-Defamation League, 2010. .