Incident Summary:

4/7/2008: On Monday, an electricity pylon was cut through with a propane torch in the 8100 block of Wilson Road in Kansas City, Missouri. The pylon did not fall over as the intention was. The wheel assembly of a nearby rail car was also cut. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but police suspect eco-terrorists.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Kansas City

Location Details:
The 8100 block of Wilson Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity
Specific Description A pylon at a railroad site
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 Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
A propane torch was used to cut the poles.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown 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
Christine Vendel, "Vandalism Called 'Incredibly Stupid'," Kansas City Star, April 9, 2008.