Incident Summary:

3/3/2008: A group of individuals associated with the ELF burned down a number of million-dollar show homes. Explosives were found at the scene by investigators. The event occurred in Woodinville, a suburb north of Seattle, Washington, United States. Fire bombs were used to ignite the building. A spray painted sign was left behind with "ELF" and "Build Green? Nope Black!" painted on it. The homes were located near the headwaters at Bear Creek. The area is home to an endangered type of salmon and activists had expressed concerns that not enough was being done to protect the environment in the area.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Show homes in a northeast suburb of Seattle called Woodinville

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description A housing development located in Woodinville was targeted
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 $7,000,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Although sources state that the houses burnt down, authorities also found explosive devices in the houses, which they were able to remove.
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 The original source of the blaze is unknown; however, once the fire was set, there were several explosions generated from the gas lines running through the houses.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"Eco-Terror Eyed In Washington State Arson", CBS News, February 11, 2009.
"Eco-Terrorist Group Sought by Feds", America's Most Wanted, March 5, 2008.
Catherine Donaldson-Evans, Ian McCaleb, "Suspicious Fire Burns Luxury Homes in Seattle Suburb; Explosives Found and ELF Suspected", Fox News, March 3, 2008.