Incident Summary:

"03/24/2002: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for torching a $500,000 hydraulic crane at a bridge and highway construction site over Wintergreen Gorge in Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. There were no casualties in the incident. The group claimed that the $31 million highway project over Wintergreen Gorge "would threaten the biological health of the Lake Erie watershed," and thus, were trying to stop the project. However, authorities stated that it was unclear if the group was indeed responsible, and they were unable to substantiate the claim without a perpetrator in custody."

GTD ID:
200203240005

When:
2002-03-24

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Pennsylvania

City:
Erie

Location Details:
at bridge and highway construction site over Wintergreen Gorge in Erie, PA

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity construction site for $31 million State highway project
Specific Description crane at construction site for $31 million State highway project in Erie, PA
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 $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
Additional Information The perpetrators also spiked trees at the construction site in the midst of this arson incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
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
Sources
"Ecoterrorism group claims responsibility for vandalism," Associated Press State & Local Wire, April 2, 2002."
"Bridge construction crew takes precaution after vandalism," Associated Press State & Local Wire, April 4, 2002."
"FBI, "Terrorism 2002-2005,"FBI, DOJ, 2005."