Seattle is reported highest per capita nationwide in bombings on July 28, 1970.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 1/01/2001
  • Essay 2312
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On July 28, 1970, Mayor Wes Uhlman (b. 1935) tells the U.S. Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations that for the past 16 months, "Seattle has the dubious distinction" of the highest number of bombings per capita in the nation and ranks behind only New York and Chicago in total numbers of bombings.

Between February 1969 and July 1970, 90 incendiary and explosive devices set by anti-war and racial discrimination protesters damaged school and university facilities, businesses, homes of elected officials, and houses of worship.

Mayor Uhlman stated that the shooting of a bomber by Seattle Police on May 15, 1970, "may have been somewhat of a deterrent" to further bombings. Officers killed Larry Eugene Ward as he fled a Central Area real estate office where he had set a dynamite bomb.


The Seattle Times, July 29, 1970, p. A-1; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 16, 1970, p. 1.

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