Incident Summary:

02/07/2005: At approximately 3:15 a.m. local time, seven firebombs were detonated at a newly constructed apartment complex in Sutter Creek, California, United States. Six of the firebombs were extinguished by the sprinkler system, but the seventh firebomb exploded and caused approximately $50,000 worth of damage to the complex, although no casualties resulted from this attack. The group Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for this attack and subsequently three individuals were arrested and charged.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Sutter Creek

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Miwuk Indians
Specific Description Jackson Rancheria Band members of the tribe
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Current and future tenants of the apartment complex
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 $50,000.00
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
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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
“Apartment complex fire may be tied to radical environmental group,” The Associated Press State & Local Wire, February 7, 2005.
Sam Stanton, “Arson at Sutter Creek building site; A radical environment group is believed to have planted several devices,” Sacramento Bee, February 8, 2005.
“Three sentenced in firebombing attempts in Sierra foothills,” Associated Press Worldstream, March 18, 2006.