Incident Summary:

09/21/2002: Three teens, Aaron Linas, Adam Blackwell and John Wade conspired to destroy a crane at a construction site in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.. Two of the teens attempted to use a Kerosene soaked American flag to ignite the fuel tanks of a construction crane. They were unsuccessful in their attempt. The three claimed to be part of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Local Construction Company
Specific Description A crane at building site in Richmond, Virginia
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
The perpetrators attempted to use Kerosene soaked American flags to ignite the fuel tanks of a construction crane.
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 Three perpetrators later pled guilt to engaging a number of illegal activities including property damage in the form of acid attacks on SUVs and ax attacks on real estate developments.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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
Scott Harper and Tim McGlone, "The Other Terrorists - Teen's Case Highlights A Threat Close To Home," Virginian-Pilot, April 11, 2004.
Eco-vandals enter Agreement With Federal Prosecutors", Associated Press, January 12, 2004.