Incident Summary:

05/22/2020: Assailants set fire to a power and mobile phone tower at Parnell Court in Cranbourne West, Victoria, Australia. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities suspected that the incident may have been carried out in relation to conspiracy theory regarding the link between 5G radio waves and the COVID-19 pandemic.




Australasia & Oceania

region/u.s. state:


Cranbourne West

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the ends of Furze and Parnell Courts.

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 Phone Tower
Nationality of Target Australia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources stated that an investigation was still ongoing to determine whether the fire was the result of arson.
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
"5G fires: Australian mobile companies work with police to prevent arson attacks," The Guardian, May 26, 2020.
"Counterterrorism police investigate phone tower fire in Melbourne's south east," Australian Broadcasting Corporation News, May 22, 2020.