Incident Summary:

07/08/2004: Harrison David Burrows and Joshua Stephen Demmitt set fire to sheds at the Ellsworth Farm at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in the United States, causing over $75,000 in damage to two tractors and over 3,000 pounds of cardboard meant to be recycled. The letters "ALF," and slogans such as "war is on," "you are the terrorists," and "this will never end" were sprayed in red paint in seven different locations near the building. Burrows admitted to using gasoline and a match to light the fires in the name of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). There were no casualties in the incident and no animals were injured. In January 2005, Burrows and Demmitt were each sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison for the incident.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Brigham Young University
Specific Description Ellsworth Farm at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah
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 $75,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
gasoline ignited with a match
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 The arson occurred around 3:30am. The perpetrators were also responsible for two related incidents of vandalism at the same facility in May 2004.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
FBI, "Terrorism 2002-2005,"FBI, DOJ, 2005.
Marin Decker, "Activists suspected in fires at BYU farm," Deseret Morning News, July 9, 2004.
"Teen gets 2 1/2 years for setting BYU fire," Associated Press State & Local Wire, January 11, 2005.