Incident Summary:

02/13/2020: An assailant threw a Molotov cocktail into a Jehovah’s Witness religious facility in Glen Burnie, Maryland, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. This was one of two related attacks carried out by the same assailant within 24 hours. The assailant, identified as Heather Meisel, was arrested and claimed responsibility, stating that the incidents were intended to send a message to religious institutions.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Glen Burnie

Location Details:
The incident occurred along William street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall
Specific Description Facility
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A homemade Molotov cocktail 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
Anti-Religion extremists 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
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"Baltimore Fire Bombings Spark Outrage From Muslim Community," International Business Times, March 17, 2020.
"Muslim group calls for more hate crime charges related to firebombs at Baltimore-area religious facilities," The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland), March 17, 2020.