Incident Summary:

6/3/2003: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed an arson of luxury homes at the Sterling Oaks Development in Chico, California in the United States. Construction crews found minor damage from a small fire, water puddles, and the spray painted message "Save Our Bio Region E.L.F." at the scene. The fire, which caused less than $100 in damage and no casualties, burned a small area of wood work and insulation on the home still under construction. The fire burned into a pvc pipe that held water, which doused the flames before authorities were notified. Authorities stated that there were "remnants of a device" left at the scene. The incident was claimed, seemingly anonymously, via an e-mail sent to the Enterprise-Record after a story was printed on the incident. The claim stated that the arson involved a "napalm incendiary", and that the person was unhappy with the limited damage caused by the larger arson attempt. Additionally, the message stated the person was "unhappy with the destruction of local beauty." The was no confirmation on the actual involvement of ELF in the incident.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
at luxury homes under construction at 145 Sterling Oak Drive, in the Sterling Oaks Development in Chico, CA

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Sterling Oaks Development
Specific Description homes under construction in the Sterling Oaks Development in Chico, CA
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 $100.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
"napalm incendiary"
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 This incident is believed to possibly be connected with the arson at new stores still under development at a shopping center in Chico, CA just two days later (6503).
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 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
Michelle MacEachern, "Another construction site unsuccessfully targeted by arsonist," Chico Enterprise-Record, June 6, 2003.
Michelle MacEachern, "Graffiti at Chico arson site claims link to environmental terrorists," Chico Enterprise-Record, June 4, 2003.