Incident Summary:

10/09/2020: An assailant set fire to hay bales emblazoned with a pro-Biden message at Holiday Brook Farm along North street in Dalton, Massachusetts, United States. No casualties were reported. Lonnie Durfee, an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and "expressed support for law enforcement, anger at news organizations that he said 'keep lieing [sic]' about Trump, and said Black people have more 'rights than us'." Sources also noted that Durfee had photos on his phone that showed him standing by a burning Black Lives Matter sign.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along North street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Holiday Brook Farm
Specific Description Hay Bales
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Gasoline 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 Claimed Responsibility
Pro-Trump extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Dalton Man Gets Year in Jail For Burning Political Sign,", April 22, 2021.
"Lonnie Durfee, of Dalton, arrested in connection with hay bale display in support of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris set on fire at Western Massachusetts farm," MassLive, October 11, 2020.
"Police arrest man for setting huge 'Biden-Harris' display on fire," Boston 25 News, October 11, 2020.