Incident Summary:

05/05/2014: Three explosive devices were discovered and safely detonated around the Weirton Municipal Building in Weirton, West Virginia, United States. One of the devices was planted underneath a Weirton Police vehicle. An individual, David Patterson, claimed responsibility for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

West Virginia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Weirton
Specific Description Municipal Building
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Weirton Police
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Explosive
Weapon Details
Three explosive bottles constructed out of soda bottles and cleaning chemicals were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Government extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Halstead, Patterson plead not guilty," WTOV 9, September 18, 2014.
"Weirton bomb suspect wanted attention of FBI," WTOV 9, June 30, 2014.
"Explosives found in, near Weirton Municipal Building," WTOV 9, May 6, 2014.