Incident Summary:

10/15/1984: Unknown perpetrators ignited a fire at the rear of the Planned Parenthood Association of Humboldt County in Eureka, California, United States. There were no casualties, but the abortion clinic sustained minor damage.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Fire ignited at rear of building

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity Planned Parenthood
Specific Description Planned Parenthood Association of Humboldt County
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Box of debris pushed up against the building and ignited on fire.
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
Anti-Abortion extremists 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
Linda Weinstein, "Family Planning Centers Increase Vigilance in Wake of Attacks," The Free Lance-Star, January 5, 1985.
Ryan Burns, "Planned Parenthood Set on Fire in Apparent Hate Crime," Times-Standard, August 2, 2010.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.