Incident Summary:

05/27/2000: Two environmental activists and anarchists, Jeffrey Luers and Craig Marshall, were responsible for an attempted arson of trucks at the Tyree Oil Company in Eugene, Oregon in the United States. The two placed a section of cloth, which was draped over a gallon milk jug filled with a fuel and soap mixture, in the fuel tank of a double-trailer fuel truck. Then, crude delay devices were used to try to ignite that jug and another one also rigged to the vehicle; however, both delays failed to ignite the jugs. According to authorities, the potential blast could have caused damage over two city blocks. The two men were indicted for this and an arson the following month. Leurs was found guilty and initially sentenced to 22 years in prison for the two incidents, but the sentence was later reduced to 10 years. Marshall plea bargained, and was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison.

GTD ID:
200005270009

When:
2000-05-27

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Oregon

City:
Eugene

Location Details:
at Tyree Oil Company on Blair Road in Eugene, OR

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Tyree Oil Inc.
Specific Description Tyree Oil trucks in Eugene, OR
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
cloth, which was draped over a gallon milk jug filled with a fuel and soap mixture, placed in the fuel tank of a double-trailer fuel truck; crude delay devices used to try to ignite that jug and another one also rigged to the vehicle
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 The perpetrators were also responsible and sentenced for an arson at a car dealership the next month (61600).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Environmentalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
Sources
"Allison Tallmadge, "Activist found guilty of Arson, Faces measure 11 sentence," The Oregonian, June 6, 2001."
"Rebecca Taylor, "Activist's arson sentence reduced," Eugene Register-Guard, February 29, 2008."
"Grand jury indicts two anarchists on arson charges," Associated Press State & Local Wire, June 24, 2000."