Incident Summary:

12/9/2000: Members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) used a crude firebomb, made of milk-type containers filled with gasoline and topped with gasoline-soaked sponges and incense sticks, to set fire to the Birchwood at Spring Lake condominium in Middle Island, New York in the United States. There were no casualties in the arson, which caused about $200,000 in damages. Similar incendiaries were found in three adjacent condos, but those failed to ignite. ELF claimed responsibility for the incident in communiqués sent to the Daily News a few days after the incident, stating they were waging "an unbounded war on urban sprawl" and that the condos were going to be used "future dens of the wealthy elite." The group also set arson to homes on Dec. 19 and 30 in Suffolk County, New York. Four teenage activists and members of ELF, George Mashkow, Jared McIntyre, Matthew Rammelkamp, and Conor Cash were charged with the arsons. McIntyre, Mashkow, and Rammelkamp pled guilty and were sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, 1 year in prison, and six months in a federal prison camp, respectively. Cash was acquitted at trial.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

Middle Island

Location Details:
at the Birchwood at Spring Lake condominium under construction in Middle Island, NY

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Birchwood at Spring Lake condominiums
Specific Description individual homes under construction in the Birchwood at Spring Lake condominiums in Miller Island, NY
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
milk-type containers filled with gasoline and topped with gasoline-soaked sponges and incense sticks
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 four perpetrators were also responsible for the arsons at Miller Place and Mount Sinai on December 19 and 29 in Suffolk County, New York. See incidents 121900 and 123000.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
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
FBI, "Terrorism 2000/2001,"FBI, DOJ, 2001.
Dave Salton, "Eco-Terrorists Slam L.I. Shadowy ELF Burns Homes," Daily News (New York), January 7, 2001.
David Winzelberg, "Earth Liberation Member Gets 3 1/2 Years for Arsons," The New York Times, August 1, 2004.