Incident Summary:

01/06/2015: An explosive device detonated outside of the offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. No one was injured in the blast, but the building suffered minor damages. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, law enforcement officials arrested Thaddeus Murphy in connection with the attack. Murphy admitted to the bombing, but claimed that a tax preparation office, not the NAACP, was the target.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Colorado Springs

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Tax Preparation Company
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Specific Description 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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A homemade bomb and a gas can were used the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suggest that the attack may have been related to a personal feud with a tax accountant.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"National Briefing - Rockies: Colorado: Explosive Set Off Near N.A.A.C.P. Building," New York Times, January 7, 2015.
"Explosion outside black rights headquarters was deliberate says FBI,", January 7, 2015.
"NAACP offices bombed in deliberate attack: FBI,", January 8, 2015.