Incident Summary:

06/14/2004: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for starting a fire that caused about $1.5 million in damages to a lumber warehouse in West Jordan, Utah, U.S.A. In a fax claim of responsibility, someone representing the group stated that the lumberyard was attacked because of excessive pollutants released by Stock Building Supply's (owner of the lumberyard) forklifts. In October of 2004, Justus Ireland admitted to setting fire to a delivery truck and a pallet full of wood at the lumber yard.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


West Jordan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Stock Building Supply
Specific Description A Stock Building Supply lumber warehouse in West Jordan, Utah
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 $1,500,000.00
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
Additional Information Justus A. Ireland, 23, admitted to starting a June 14, 2004 fire. He also said he spray painted the word "ELF" in various places on the site and sent a fax to news media claiming responsibility on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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 Greens Claim Credit for Utah Fire," United Press International, June 16, 1004.
Alexander Sage, "FBI investigating claims allegedly by radical group that they started lumber yard fire," The Associated Press, June 16th, 2004.
"Two men charged with arson in ecoterrorism fires plead guilty," The Associated Press, October 1, 2004.