Incident Summary:

12/31/1999: The Earth Liberation Front claimed an arson attack at the agriculture building at Michigan State University located in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. ELF claimed it set the fire specifically to stop the work of those who study genetically modified food.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


East Lansing

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Michigan State University
Specific Description A genetic engineering research project at Michigan State University
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Green Terror: Radical Environmental Group Torches Lab At Michigan State" CBS Worldwide Inc., 2000.
"Radicals lay claim to Michigan arsons" United Press International, June 7, 2003.