Incident Summary:

11/29/2004: An explosive device detonated at a transmission tower located near the town of Coaticook, Quebec, Canada. The tower, owned by Hydro-Quebec, supplies parts of the northwestern United States with electricity; service was not interrupted in the blast. An anti-globalization group calling itself Initiative de Resistance Internationaliste claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that they were publicizing the pillaging of Canadian resources by the United States.




North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Near Coaticook town, a few kilometers from the Vermont border

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Hyrdo-Quebec
Specific Description Hydro-Quebec tower of the Radisson-Nicolet-Des Cantons power line near Coaticook
Nationality of Target Canada
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
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 Due to the isolation of the tower, the date of the explosion is unknown; the damage was noticed by a hunter on December 5, 2004.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Initiative de Resistance Internationaliste Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
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
"UPDATE 1-Quebec group damages tower carrying power to U.S.," Reuters, December 7, 2004.
"Quebec boosts hydro security: Tower carrying energy to U.S. damaged," The Edmonton Journal, December 7, 2004.