Incident Summary:

11/19/1992: The Mexican Revolutionary Movement placed an incendiary device in the Levis Faculty Center (LFC) at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois, United States. The device was discovered and subsequently dismantled after anonymous calls to local radio stations and the manager of the LFC warned that there was a firebomb on the premises. There was a Latin American economics conference taking place at the LFC at the time of the incident.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
University of Illinois

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Specific Description Levis Faculty Center
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Conference on Latin American Economics
Specific Description Latin America 2000 Conference
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
An incendiary device consisting of a clock and large cylinder rolls placed in a brown paper bag
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Authorities received the first phone call warning of the incendiary device at 2:15 PM. The firebomb was discovered underneath a coat rack. One of the phone calls also directed authorities to a letter placed by the Mexican Revolutionary Movement in the basement of Gregory Hall, a building on campus.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mexican Revolutionary Movement Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"Terrorism in the United States 1982-1992," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Counterterrroism Section Intelligence Division, FBI, 1992.
Daniel R. Browning, "Firebomb Planted At University," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/21/1992.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.