Incident Summary:

02/15/2005: A pipe bomb was found at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Auburn, California in the United States. The device, which did not ignite and was safely dismantled, was composed of a piece of PVC pipe with duct tape, gun powder in the center and wires attached. There were no casualties, nor 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:
at the DMV on Enterprise Drive 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 Department of Motor Vehicles
Specific Description offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles in Auburn, CA
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
a piece of PVC pipe with duct tape, gun powder in the center and wires attached
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 Placer County Courthouse in Auburn, CA two days earlier, 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
Don Thompson, "Fifth bomb found, dismantled at Auburn DMV; eco-terror probed," Associated Press State & Local Wire, February 15, 2005.
"Pipe Bomb Found Near Auburn DMV Office," KCRA 3 Television Station, February 15, 2005.