Incident Summary:

01/23/2019: An assailant set fire to Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities arrested an individual in connection with the attack. Sources noted that the Comet Ping Pong restaurant is the subject of Pizzagate, "an internet conspiracy theory that falsely claims a sex ring run by celebrities and prominent Democrats is based out of its nonexistent basement."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Location Details:
The incident occurred at 5037 Connecticut Ave NW.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Comet Ping Pong restaurant
Specific Description Restaurant
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Lighter fluid and matches 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
Conspiracy theory extremists 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
"Manhunt Underway For Pizzagate Restaurant Arson Suspect," Huffington Post, January 27, 2019.