Incident Summary:

3/21/2003: Members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) are believed to be responsible for setting arson to a luxury home under construction in Superior Township, Michigan, in the United States. The construction of the home was completely destroyed. The house would have been worth about $ 500,000 after completion. An anti-sprawl message and the initials ELF were spray painted at the scene of the fire. ELF indirectly claimed responsibility for the incident on their website and stated that luxury projects are "accelerating the destruction of forested areas, wetlands and other areas of environmental concern across North America." This incident is linked to a similar arson of another luxury home at a nearby street in the Mystic Forest subdivision on the same day (321033).



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Ann Arbor

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity luxury home under construction
Specific Description luxury home under construction in the Mystic Forest subdivision in Superior Township, MI
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The arson was reported at about 3:00am. This incident is linked to the arson of another luxury home at a nearby street on the same day (321033).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
Bree Fowler, "Authorities look into potential eco-terrorist link to home fires," The Associated Press, June 4, 2003.
"Earth Liberation front says it torched houses," The Associated Press, May 27, 2003.
Maryanne George, "Investigators Link Militants to Washtenaw County, Mich., House Fires," Detroit Free Press, May 27, 2003.