At 7.05 pm on the evening of 29 May 1991, several ETA members pushed a car bomb containing twelve gas bottles, each containing eighteen kilograms of ammonal into the courtyard of the Civil Guard Barracks in Vic (Barcelona). At that time of day, many of the civil guards’ family members were in their homes and several children were playing in the courtyard.
Once the car, with reverse gear locked, was in the courtyard, terrorist Juan Carlos Monteagudo detonated the explosives by remote control. As a direct result of the explosion, nine people were killed, five of them children, and another 44 were wounded. The General Hospital in Vic was overwhelmed by the number of victims and some of the wounded had to be flown to other hospitals in Barcelona by helicopter.
In addition to the nine people killed and 44 injured in the explosion at the barracks in Vic, Ramón Mayo García also died when he was run over by an ambulance which was evacuating the wounded. He was a civil guard in the active reserve and at the time was providing assistance to those affected by the blast. In 2005, the government officially recognized his as a victim of terrorism.