Incident Summary:

05/05/2001: Unknown perpetrator(s) set fire to a backhoe loader at the Cortona construction site in West Lake Hills, Texas, in the United States, causing $82,000 in damage. The perpetrator(s) cut a hole into the seat of the backhoe, filled it with flammable liquid, and then ignited it. Additionally, a note on a portable toilet, accused the developer of "cutting down a forest so that you can have more money than any one man needs." There were no casualties in the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


West Lake Hills

Location Details:
at the Cortona construction site in West Lake Hills, TX

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Cortona construction site
Specific Description backhoe loader at Cortona construction site in West Lake Hills, TX
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 $82,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
flammable liquid
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 perpetrator of the incident is unknown, but some nearby home owners believed it may have been one of the neighbors, as many were against the development of the land.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
Stephen Scheibal, "Raising a stink in West Lake Hills; A burned backhoe and a toilet manifesto are signs of discontent over development," Austin American-Statesman, May 16, 2001.