Incident Summary:

06/01/2003: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) indicated it was responsible for setting fire to two nearly completed luxury homes in Washington Township, Macomb County, Michigan, U.S.A. The fire destroyed the two homes and authorities found the letters "ELF" and an anti-sprawl message spray painted at the scene.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Washington Township

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Two luxury homes in Macomb County, Michigan
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $700,000.00
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"Radical environmental group says it was behind fires at luxury homes in suburban Detroit," The Associated Press, June 11, 2003.
Bree Fowler, "Authorities look into potential eco-terrorist link to home fires," The Associated Press, June 4, 2003.