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Numerous bombings have occurred within Panem throughout its history.

First bombing of District 13

Near the end of the First Rebellion, District 13 trained their nuclear weapons on the Capitol and forced a stalemate of Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D). The district negotiated an agreement with the Capitol, promising to withdraw from the war in exchange for political independence. Following this agreement, the entire population of the district moved underground, while the Capitol bombed the surface, creating the impression that the district had been destroyed. This set a precedent to the other districts that anyone who rebelled would be destroyed.

Bombing of the Capitol Arena

Just prior to the 10th Hunger Games, the Capitol Arena suffered a major bombing, which resulted in the loss of several lives and many more injuries. At the time of the bombing, all of the tributes for the Games were present, as well as their mentors, the 24 top-performing students from the Academy, and a number of Academy staff and Peacekeepers. The bombing horrified those from the Capitol in particular, as it brought back traumatic memories of the frequent bombings which happened during the First Rebellion.[1]

Nobody was sure exactly who was responsible for the the bombing or even the exact timeline. Due to its dilapidated condition, the Capitol Arena was not considered a high security area, so anyone could have sneaked in at any time since the 9th Hunger Games and planted the bombs without anyone noticing. The first explosion came from the main gate, but there was later a secondary explosion in the stands. During the bombing, Coriolanus Snow was trapped and on fire. He was saved by his tribute, Lucy Gray Baird, something which both he and Tigris felt showed good character on her part.[1]

Two mentors were killed instantly in the bombing, the "Ring Twins" Apollo and Diana.[1] A third, Gaius Breen, later succumbed to injuries.[2] Androcles Anderson was badly injured but survived, while Snow suffered some trauma and burns, but ultimately escaped more serious injuries. The tributes from District 6, Otto and Ginnee, were instantly killed in the bombings. Facet and Velvereen, the tributes from District 1, were both shot dead by Peacekeepers in an escape attempt. Sabyn, the female tribute from District 2, died in a fall after fleeing from the arena. Panlo and Sheaf, the tributes from District 9, were badly injured and later passed away, despite the best efforts of a veterinarian at the Capitol Zoo.[1]

Bombing of the District 12 mines

Arlo Chance set of an explosion in the coal mines of District 12, apparently in an attempt to sabotage production and possibly get the Rebellion going again. His attempt was not successful and he only ended up instead killing three people, including a Peacekeeper. He was hung for his crime[3] and his act and hanging became the basis for the song "The Hanging Tree."[4]

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. Out of all the workers, only Bonnie and Twill survived and their families were killed.

Known deaths

  • Twill's husband
  • Bonnie's family
  • Factory Workers
  • A few Peacekeepers

District 12

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 District 12. The Peacekeeper forces in the district withdrew, and the power to the citizens' homes was 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, where Gale states that 915 people out of 10,000 people survived.

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 and Beetee, who had previously participated in the rescue mission of the captive victors, put forth the idea of bombing seismic weaknesses in the 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.

The Bombing of the Nut crippled the Capitol's war effort, in decimating their air force and killing large numbers of Peacekeepers. It also destroyed the Capitol's logistical abilities, and was a crucial moment during the Second Rebellion, leading to the war turning in favor of the rebellion. 

Bombing of the Capitol (Second Rebellion)

During the final weeks of the invasion of the Capitol, the rebel forces marked four pathways which led to the center of the Capitol. Following several weeks of fighting, the rebels conquered most of the city, and stood poised to launch a final offensive into the City Circle. As rebel forces advanced, President Coriolanus Snow surrounded the Presidential Palace with children, hoping to slow their advance. A hovercraft with a Capitol insignia flew by, dropping what appeared to be aid parcels onto the children. Instead, these "aid parcels" were twice-detonating bombs. Following the first explosion, rebel medics and Peacekeepers united to assist the wounded. A second explosion killed the medics and peacekeepers, including Katniss's sister, Prim. This destroyed any remaining allegiance to the Snow regime, and the Capitol was quickly overrun by the rebels.

It was later discovered that the bombing was ordered by rebel leader Alma Coin in order to cripple loyalty to Snow among the Capitol's armed forces.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 10
  2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 19
  3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 23
  4. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 24