Incident Summary:

08/08/2018: An assailant attempted to set fire to a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall along Vail road in Yelm, Washington, United States. There were no reported casualties. First responders put out the fire, which caused damage to the external wall of the building. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along Vail road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Firelogs 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
Unknown No
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
"Possible ‘explosive device’ found after attempted arson at Kingdom Hall in Yelm," Q13 Fox, August 8, 2018.
"Police investigating another attack on worship hall,", August 8, 2018.
"Attempted arson, suspicious device left at Kingdom Hall in Yelm, Sheriff’s Office says," Tacoma News Tribune, August 8, 2018.