Incident Summary:

01/01/2003: Jugs of gasoline, which were set under three vehicles at Bob Ferrando Ford Lincoln Mercury in Girard, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. were set ablaze. Two pickup trucks, one sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a car were destroyed. The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that it targeted SUVs in a fight "to remove the profit motive from the killing of the natural environment."



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Bob Feranno Ford Lincoln Mercury Dealership
Specific Description The Bob Feranno Ford Lincoln Mercury Dealership in Girard, Pennsylvania
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 $90,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
The perpetrators started the fires using jugs of gasoline.
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: E-mail)
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
Dan Nephin, "Group's eco-terrorism frustrates police, victims in northwestern Pennsylvania," The Associated Press, October 11, 2002.
Natalie Pompilio, "Environmental group takes responsibility for Pa. attacks; On its Web site, the Earth Liberation Front says it has struck from Phila. to Erie County" Philadelphia Inquirer, November 21, 2003.