Incident Summary:

02/13/2005: A homemade explosive device, which appeared to be a fertilizer bomb, was found outside of the Placer County Courthouse in Auburn California in the United States. The bomb did not explode and police officers dismantled the device. There were no casualties or damage in this incident and the perpetrators are unknown. However, this was one in a series of incidents, two of which were confirmed to be eco-terrorism in Auburn within the month, and authorities were investigating whether the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) may have been involved in this particular case.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
outside Placer County Courthouse in Auburn, CA

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Placer County Government
Specific Description Placer County Superior Courthouse in Auburn, CA
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
possibly fertilizer bomb
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 Authorities were investigating if this incident was related to an attempted bombing of the DMV in Auburn, CA two days later, and additionally, if there is any relation to several eco-attacks earlier in the year.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
"News in brief from Northern California," Associated Press State & Local Wire, February 14, 2005.
Don Thompson, "Fifth bomb found, dismantled at Auburn DMV; eco-terror probed," Associated Press State & Local Wire, February 15, 2005.
"Explosive Device Found At Placer County Courthouse," KCRA 3 Television Station, February 14, 2005.