Incident Summary:

10/25/2020: An assailant set fire to a ballot drop box along Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. There were no casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident and authorities arrested an individual identified in connection with the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along Boylston Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of the City of Boston
Specific Description Ballot Drop Box
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 Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted the assailant had a history of arson incidents and authorities questioned whether the motivation behind the attack was political.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown 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
"Second ballot box set ablaze in hotly contested election, this time in Boston," Register-Guard, October 30, 2020.
"Copley Square ballot box set on fire, officials say; Incident called a 'disgrace to democracy'; some ballots destroyed," The Boston Globe, October 26, 2020.
"Dozens of ballots destroyed after fire set at Boston dropbox," CBS News, October 26, 2020.