Incident Summary:

01/20/2000: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for setting a luxury home, that was under construction, on fire in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages. ELF says that the home was targeted because it is within the Lake Monroe watershed. In their written statement, the group states, "this is the drinking water supply for the town of Bloomington, IN, and the surrounding area. It is already being jeopardized by existing development and roads." Authorities also found the initials "ELF" and the words "No Sprawl" spray painted near the scene of the attack.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity A Luxury Home
Specific Description An unfinished luxury home in Bloomington, Indiana
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 $200,000.00
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
Additional Information Homeowners and the Indiana Crime and Arson association offered $15,000 reward for the capture of the perpetrators.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
Associated Press. "Bloomington house fire reward up to $15,000; Also moved for AMs" January 31, 2000
Associated Press "Local ELF group feels backlash due to confusion over fire". January 26, 2000.