Incident Summary:

07/09/2020: An assailant, that had previously made threats to bomb government buildings (the Treasury Department in Harrisburg and the CIA building in Langley, Virginia), was identified and pulled over by police officers while driving in his vehicle along Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States. In a subsequent search of the vehicle, authorities discovered 30 explosive devices as well as bomb-making materials and remote detonators. The assailant was identified as Kurt James Cofano. Cofano had previously threatened to attack BLM protestors as well as his threats against government buildings.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Mt. Lebanon

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Washington Road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity United States Treasury Department
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Black Lives Matter Activists
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
More than 30 homemade explosive devices, remote detonators, ammonium nitrate, and urea nitrate 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
Anti-Government extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
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
"WHITEHALL MAN TO REMAIN JAILED," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 30, 2020.