Incident Summary:

9/9/1984: An unidentified male perpetrator attempted to bomb the Clear Lake Women's Center in Webster, Texas, United States. However, the bomb malfunctioned so he attempted to set the facility on fire. There were no casualties but the building was damaged.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Clear Lake Women's Center
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This was one of four attacks against health care centers in the Houston area during a three day period (198409070008, 198409080004, and 198409070009). Authorities believed that the material used to ignite the fire was purchased from the same place as the substance used in 198409070009.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
Bonnie Britt, "Abortion Clinic Bombing Unsolved," Houston Chronicle, October 29, 1985.
"Abortion Clinic Attacks," Washington Post, January 6, 1985.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.