1974 Tower of London bombing

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1974 Tower of London bombing
Part of the Troubles (suspected)
London - White Tower2-2.jpg
The White Tower
Location London, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′29″N 0°04′33″E / 51.5081°N 0.0759°E / 51.5081; 0.0759Coordinates: 51°30′29″N 0°04′33″E / 51.5081°N 0.0759°E / 51.5081; 0.0759
Date 17 July 1974
2:30 pm (UTC)
Attack type
Deaths 1
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Provisional IRA (suspected)

The 1974 Tower of London bombing happened on 17 July 1974 with the explosion of a 10-14 lb bomb in the White Tower of the Tower of London.[1] The blast left one person dead and injured 41 people, with many having lost limbs and suffering severe face injuries. The victim who lost her life was Dorothy Household. At the time the Tower was busy with tourists. A dozen of the injuries were children.[2] The bomb was placed along a wooden carriage of an 18th century bronze cannon inside the Mortar Room. The gun carriage was destroyed.[3]

Nobody ever claimed responsibility for the attack, but it was widely believed the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) was behind it. A month before the bomb, the IRA bombed the Houses of Parliament.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1974/jul/17/tower-of-london-explosion-1
  2. ^ Times, Special To the New York (18 July 1974). "Tower of London Bomb Kills1, Hurts 41" – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ Tucker, K; Lettin, A (1975). "The Tower of London bomb explosion". British Medical Journal. 3 (5978): 287–290. PMC 1674219. PMID 1148778.
  4. ^ "1974: Bomb blast at the Tower of London". 17 July 1974 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "1974: 'We heard a muffled boom'". 17 July 1974 – via news.bbc.co.uk.

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