Incident Summary:

05/10/2018: An explosives-laden package detonated at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church located on 4090 Delaware Street in Beaumont, Texas, United States. There were no reported casualties in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities arrested Jonathan Torres in connection with this attack and an earlier bombing attempt on April 26, 2018.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at 4090 Delaware Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
Specific Description Church
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 Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden package containing nails and screws and utilizing a mousetrap as a triggering mechanism was 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
Unknown No
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
"Package detonates outside Texas church weeks after unexploded bomb found in the same city," CNN, May 11, 2018.
"Concerns Texas church bombing could be the work of a serial bomber," CBS News, May 11, 2018.
"Police: Explosive device found at Starbucks in Texas," Washington Post, April 27, 2018.