Incident Summary:

11/20/2005: Perpetrators set four separate fires in the development known as Hagers Crossing in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States, a short time before 2:30 a.m. local time. One townhouse was destroyed and three others were damaged. No casualties occurred. Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for these attacks.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description the development known as Hagers Crossing in Hagerstown, Maryland
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 $300,000.00
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
Additional Information Although the individual that wrote the email claiming responsibility for these attacks declared himself to be a member of ELF, the veracity of his statement could not be determined to be true or false. If this was the work of ELF, these collective incidents would be the first attacks perpetrated by ELF in Maryland.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 0
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
“Arsonists destroy one home, damage three others in development,” The Associated Press State & Local Wire, November 20, 2005.
Nelson Hernandez, “Arsons May Be Work of Activists; E-Mail Points To Group of Eco-Radicals,” The Washington Post, November 22, 2005.
David Dishneau, “FBI investigating claim that radical environmental group set fire at Maryland housing development,” Associated Press Worldstream, November 22, 2005.