Incident Summary:

02/17/2020: Assailants set fire to a cell tower at 4087 Summer Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities suspected that the incident may have been carried out by conspiracy theory extremists motivated by a conspiracy theory suggesting an unsubstantiated link between 5G radio waves and the COVID-19 pandemic.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Cell Tower
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 $75,000.00
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy theory extremists No
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
"Law enforcement officials fear that the US will see an increase in arson and violence linked to 5G conspiracy theories, according to reports," Business Insider, May 17, 2020.