Incident Summary:

09/26/2011: On Monday morning, in Caldwell, Idaho, United States, animal rights activists drilled a hole into the storage space of Rocky Mountain Fur and Fireworks, pumped several gallons of fuel into and set fire to the retail building. There were no injuries, but the fire caused $100,000 in damage. A group calling themselves “the Arson Unit” sent a message to the North American Animal Liberation Press Office in Los Angeles, California, United States and the BiteBack Magazine website claiming responsibility for the arson. The “Arson Unit” is believed to be a branch of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).



United States

North America

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Location Details:
The arson occurred at the Rocky Mountain Fur and Firework retail building located in Caldwell, Idaho, United States.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Rocky Mountain Fur and Fireworks
Specific Description The Rocky Mountain Fur and Fireworks retail building located in Caldwell, Idaho, United States
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 $100,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
An unknown incendiary device was used in the attack.
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) North America Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
Reuters, "Animal Group Claims It Set Fire to Idaho Fur Store," Reuters, September 26, 2011,
CBS News, "FBI: Fur Factory Fire Was Domestic Terrorism,", (October 06, 2011).