Incident Summary:

12/09/2004: 12 luxury homes, which were under construction on a 10-acre area in Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C., United States, near the Mattawoman National Wildlife Area, were burned to the ground by suspected unnamed environmentalists. 29 other houses were also damaged by the fire, which caused a total damage estimated at over $10 million. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. This development was regularly criticized by environmentalists for its proximity to the nature preserve.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Indian Head

Location Details:
Near the Mattawoman National Wildlife Area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Housing Development
Specific Description Homes in housing development under construction in Maryland
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 $13,000,000.00
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Environmentalists (suspected) No
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
Mike Jackson, “FBI suspects environmental terrorism near D.C.,” Chicago Daily Herald, December 9, 2004.
“Eco-terrorism suspected in fires,” Grand Rapid Press (Michigan), December 7, 2004.
Stephen Manning, “No motive determined at torched development,” The Associated Press, December 8, 2004.