First Bombing of District 13
During the first uprisings of the districts, District 13 trained their nuclear weapons on the Capitol and forced a stalemate of Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D). They promised to play dead if the Capitol would leave them alone. They went into hiding and moved the entire district underground, while the Capitol bombed the surface and pretended that the district had been destroyed. This set a precedent to the other districts that anyone who rebelled would be destroyed.
District 8 Uprising
The first bombing of District 8 happened after the uprising of District 8. The bombing was first done to the rebel strongholds in the district during the uprising. The final bomb to be dropped was to the factory where Bonnie and Twill worked. The factory was bombed after the uprising had been over for weeks, due to the factory being believed to be the start of the uprising since many would speak of an uprising by whispering to each other under the sound of the loud textile machinery. The Capitol found out that the factory had been the start of the uprising, so they wanted to punish the workers inside. Out of all the workers, only Bonnie and Twill survived and their families were killed.
- Twill's husband
- Bonnie's family
- Factory Workers
As a result of Katniss Everdeen's actions at the end of the 75th Hunger Games, the Capitol's air force launched a massive retaliatory bombing raid on Everdeen's home of District 12. The Peacekeeper forces in the district withdrew, and the power to the citizens' homes were cut. According to survivor accounts, the entire district was completely silent for fifteen minutes until the bombers arrived. At this time, the bombers dropped their incendiary payloads indiscriminately, razing most of 12 to the ground. The only area spared from the bombs was the district's Victor's Village, in an attempt to house Capitol agents that later arrived to assess the condition of the district. Gale Hawthorne, a worker in the district's coal mines and a good friend of Katniss, was responsible for any of the district's population surviving at all. He led a large number of civilians into the woods around the district, where they survived for three days before aircraft hailing from District 13 arrived to evacuate them. However, a large number of citizens were fearful of the woods, preferring to take their chances on the road leading out of the district. They were easy targets for a new wave of aircraft that arrived after the initial airstrikes, killing the refugees on the road. Of District 12's original population of approximately 8,000, only a tenth of them survived the raid. However, in the third movie, Gale, Katniss and a team visit District 12 to create fusion in the districts so they would join the fight although Gale states that 915 people out of the 10,000 people were murdered.
Second Bombing of District 13
During a live propaganda broadcast from the Capitol, Peeta Mellark accidentally issued a vague warning indicating an imminent strike on District 13. Despite dissent from higher-up rebels, President Alma Coin issued an air raid alarm. The warning allowed hundreds of District 13 citizens to flee underground, providing a warning that came at least "fifteen minutes" before District 13's warning radars would have detected the assault. Katniss Everdeen, as the propaganda figurehead of the rebellion, was ordered to remain calm to provide a role model for the citizens of District 13. Approximately five bunker buster missiles, designed to penetrate deep into the earth before detonating, were launched at the district over a course of several days. There were no known fatalities, but much of 13's upper levels were destroyed in the book. However, in the movie, only a turret gets blown up because it was exposed, and the Capitol's bombers were flanked by other turrets.
Bombing of District 8 during the Second Rebellion
District 8 was bombed a second time when the rebellion was in full effect. Katniss, Gale, Boggs, Cressida, Pollux and other District 13 citizens and camera crews were sent to District 8 in order to film a propo. Katniss went through a hospital full of injured rebel soldiers, and others who may have been sick or injured for any other reason. As she toured many were ecstatic to meet her, like the injured Eddy who was in awe to meet her. After exiting the hospital, Katniss witnessed the Capitol's hovercrafts bomb the hospital and the surrounding areas in the district, killing the patients inside. This bombing caused Katniss to fight alongside Gale to shoot down the Capitol hovercrafts with her stunning explosive arrows.
This bombing greatly affected Katniss as she was sentimental to the injured soldiers who were all happy to see her. In response to this bombing, she on camera said, "I want to tell the rebels that I am alive. That I'm right here in District 8, where the Capitol has just bombed a hospital full of unarmed men, women, and children. There will be no survivors. I want to tell people that if you think for second that the Capitol will treat us fairly if there's a cease-fire, you're deluding yourself. Because you know who they are and what they do. This is what they do! And we must fight back! President Snow says he's sending us a message? Well, I have one for him. You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that? Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!"
Bombing of the Nut (Second Rebellion)
Due to the better living conditions experienced under the Capitol's rule, there was mixed support for the uprising in District 2, and for several weeks, the Capitol and the rebels fought, with no victory in sight. The biggest hurdle for the rebels' was the Nut, the command center for the Capitol's Military. Several attempts to capture the Nut were unsuccessful, leading to only more casualties among the rebels.
Gale Hawthorne, who had previously participated in the rescue mission of the captive victors, put forth the idea of bombing the surrounding mountains with hovercrafts, triggering avalanches which would bury the military base. This plan proves to be a success, leading to the destruction of the Nut, and the surrender of loyalist forces in District 2. This loss had a devastating impact on the Capitol's war effort, and resulted in the war turning in favor for the rebels.
Bombing of the Capitol (Second Rebellion)
As a last-ditch desperate move, President Coriolanus Snow surrounded the Presidential Palace with children for his protection. A hovercraft with a Capitol insignia appear, dropping what appears to be aid parcels onto the children. Instead, these "aid parcels" were twice-detonating bombs. Following the first explosion, rebel medics and Peacekeepers unite to assist the wounded. A second explosion kills the medics and peacekeepers, including Katniss' sister, Prim. This destroyed any remaining allegiance to the Snow regime, and the Capitol was quickly overrun by the rebels.