Incident Summary:

08/03/2020: Assailants threw molotov cocktails targeting Sacred Heart Church in Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States. No casualties were reported in the attack though the church was slightly damaged. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on 72 Washington Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Sacred Heart Church
Specific Description Catholic 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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A Molotov cocktail was 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 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
"Two fires lit at Massachusetts church called ‘appalling act of arson’," Boston Herald, August 3, 2020.
"Arson Experts And Police Investigate Fire Set At Catholic Church In Massachusetts Possibly Caused By Molotov Cocktail," The Daily Caller, August 4, 2020.
"Firefighters believe Molotov cocktail was thrown at Weymouth church," WHDH-TV, August 3, 2020.