Incident Summary:

08/06/2019: Assailants attempted to set fire to the residence of an interracial couple, identified as Brad and Angela Frase, by filling the house with natural gas and leaving the stove burner on in Sterling, Ohio, United States. There were no reported casualties in the incident. This was one of two similar attacks within 24 hours. White supremacists claimed responsibility by spray-painting racial slurs and a swastika on a garage and vehicles at the scene of the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Residence of Civilians: Brad Frase, Angela Frase
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
Natural gas was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Ohio home explosion now investigated as arson, possible hate crime," ABC News, August 7, 2019.
"Explosion at interracial couple's home treated as hate crime after swastika painted on garage,", August 10, 2019.