Incident Summary:

02/07/2004: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for setting arson to a bulldozer and damaging other equipment at the Hollymead Town Center construction site off of US 29 in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States, causing about $30,000 in damage. The site had been cleared in order to build apartments. There were no casualties in the incident, which ELF claimed credit for, in a banner left at the scene stating, "Your Construction = Long Term Destruction - ELF."



United States

North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Hollymead Town Center construction site just off U.S. 29 in Charlottesville, VA

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Hollymead Town Center construction site
Specific Description Hollymead Town Center construction site in Charlottesville, where the area was being cleared to build new apartments
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 $30,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Sabotage Equipment
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: 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
Carlos Santos, "Radical Group Claims Damage/ FBI is Investigating Incident at Albemarle Site of Development," Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia), February 11, 2004.
Scott Harper, "The Other Terrorists/ Teens' Case Highlights a Threat Close to Home," The Virginian-Pilot, April 11, 2004.
Paul Shukovsky, "Arsons Believed to be Work of ELF; No Proof, But Signs Point to Eco-Terror Organization," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 22, 2004.