Incident Summary:

12/10/1984: An attempted bombing occurred at the United States Army Recruiting Center on Barbossa Street in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The bomb was an improvised explosive device which was placed on an air conditioner outside the building, but retrieved before it exploded. A small group, called the Organization of Volunteers for the Puerto Rican Revolution (OVRP) claimed responsibility for the blast in a telephone call to the Associated Press.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico


Location Details:
US Army recruiting center, Barbossa Street

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Army Recruiting Center
Specific Description recruiting 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/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
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 explosion occurred at about 10:00pm; This incident is linked to four other similar bombings on the same day by OVRP in various parts of Puerto Rico (198412100005, 198412100006, 198412100007, and 198412100008).
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
"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.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.