1992 Manchester bombing

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1992 Manchester bombing
Part of The Troubles
Manchester Cathedral - geograph.org.uk - 1423509.jpg
Manchester Cathedral, near the site of the bombing
Location Manchester, England
Date 3 December 1992
08:40 and 10:05 (UTC)
Target British people
Attack type
Car bomb, time bomb
Deaths 0
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Provisional IRA

The 1992 Manchester bombing was an attack by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) on Thursday 3 December 1992. Two 2 lb bombs exploded, wounding 65 people and damaging many buildings in the city of Manchester.[1]


The first bomb to explode was inside a car that was parked at Parsonage Gardens in the commercial district of the city. The car bomb was behind a House of Fraser shop.(53°28′58″N 2°14′55″W / 53.48269°N 2.248658°W / 53.48269; -2.248658) The car bomb exploded at 8:40 am. The bombing in Parsonage Gardens injured six people.

The second bomb exploded on Cateaton Street between a market and Manchester Cathedral (53°29′04″N 2°14′41″W / 53.48454°N 2.244714°W / 53.48454; -2.244714) at 10:05 am, and wounded 58 people. Many buildings were damaged in the bombings. The impact smashed the face of the cathedral clock and its stained glass windows. The cathedral provided refuge to hundreds who moved out of Deansgate. The total wounded in the blasts was 65.


A phone call was made after the bombings claiming more devices were in the city,[2] forcing the police to evacuate the entire city centre of shoppers and telling others to remain indoors. No other bombs were found.[3] The damage was estimated to have been £10 million (equivalent to about £19 million in 2017).[4]


The Provisional IRA claimed responsibility for the bombing the next day, part of the group's 1990s bombing campaign in England. They detonated another, much more powerful bomb in Manchester four years later.[4]


  1. ^ "IRA widens bomb campaign: Manchester shoppers hurt as attacks on commerce switch away from London". The Independent. 4 December 1992. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  2. ^ "199212030030". Global Terrorism Database. National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
  3. ^ "1992: Bomb explosions in Manchester". BBC. BBC News Online.
  4. ^ a b "BBC ON THIS DAY | 3 | 1992: Bomb explosions in Manchester". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
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