Incident Summary:

12/10/1984: A high-order explosive detonated at the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Office in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The explosion caused about $5,000 worth of structural damages to the office, but there were no casualties in the incident. A small group, called the Organization of Volunteers for the Puerto Rican Revolution (OVRP) claimed responsibility for the blast in a telephone call to a local Puerto Rican news agency, stating that the reason for the attack was to protest United States involvement in Nicaragua. This incident is linked to four other similar bombings on the same day by OVRP in various parts of Puerto Rico (198412100006,198412100007,198412100008).

GTD ID:
198412100005

When:
1984-12-10

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico

City:
Ponce

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Marine Corps Recruiting Office
Specific Description recruiting office
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 $5,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
high-order explosive device
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The incident occurred shortly after midnight; This incident is linked to four other similar bombings on the same day by OVRP in various parts of Puerto Rico (198412100006, 198412100007, 198412100008, and 198412100009).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Organization of Volunteers for the Puerto Rican Revolution 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
Sources
United Press International, December 10, 1984.
The Associated Press, December 10, 1984.
"FBI Analysis of Terrorist Incidents and Terrorist Related Activities in the United States: 1984," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, 1984.