Incident Summary:

11/27/2000: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for setting fire to a $2.5 million dollar home in Niwot, Colorado U.S.A. The home, which was being built at the time of the blaze, was nearing completion. Authorities found the phrase, "Viva la revolution! The Boulder ELF burned the Legend Ridge mansion on November 27th" written at the scene. In their claim of responsibility, the group referred to an unsuccessful ballot issue that would have required some counties and cities to get voter approval of growth rates, "we know that the corporate developers No on Amendment 24 campaign is guilty of a $6 million election buyout."



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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 Civilians
Specific Description Legend Ridge mansion
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $2,500,000.00
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
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
"Letter claims Earth Liberation Front burned down $2.5 million house," The Associated Press, December 7, 2000.
Monte Whaley, "Eco-terrorists' say they torched mansion," The Denver Post, December 8, 2000.