Incident Summary:

10/05/1987: Members of a group calling itself the "Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy" (EMETIC), claimed responsibility for using an acetylene torch to cut through support bolts in twelve pylons connected to cables which held the main ski chairlift at the Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona in the United States. The propane torches were used to cut the polls along the newest chairlift at Agassiz Peak, and additionally, the perpetrators smashed windows at the terminal stations at the top of the lift as well as at a building used by ski patrol in the winter. There were no casualties, but the property damage was estimated at $100,000. In a letter to local media outlets after the incident, the group stated more sabotage would follow. Marc Leslie Davis and Margaret Katherine Millet, were arrested and in 1991, pled guilty and sentenced for their involvement in this incident.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski Resort
Specific Description cables of the main chairlift at the Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff, AZ
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
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
propane (acetylene) torch
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Although the lift was closed for winter opening preparation at the time of the incident, and no casualties occurred, the chairlift has the capability of holding 900 passengers on their way to the slopes and had the damage not been detected, serious injury, and even death may have occurred. Ilse Asplund and Marc Baker, two other members of the group, may have also been involved in this incident, but it is uncertain. Though, they were involved and charged (along with Marc Leslie Davis and Margaret Katherine Millet) in the November 1987 and October 1988 similar incidents of sabotage against the Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski area. It is unclear if this group is an offshoot of Earth First!; however, a member of the Earth First! group was arrested in regards to these incidents for donating funds to EMETIC.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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-Terrorism and Lawlessness on the National Forests," Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony, Capitol Hill Hearing Testimony, February 12, 2002.
"Environmentalist placed at scene of ski lift vandalism," United Press International, June 20, 1991.
"Vandals Hit Ski Area Equipment," Mohave Daily Miner, October 9, 1987.