The Vanderbilt Television News Archive website will transition to a new interface soon. Preview it now!

CBS Evening News for
Friday, Sep 26, 1980

Headline: Arkansas / Titan Explosion Aftermath

Request a copy of the video for this Item

Loan request:

You may reqest a loan of this video clip. We charge fees to recover our expenses on providing this service.


(Studio) Explosion last week of Titan II missile in Damascus, Arkansas, recalled; claims by Guy, Arkansas, residence that illness has followed appearance of strange cloud over town reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Little Rock, Arkansas) Air Force recalled claiming that toxic fumes had dissipated prior to reaching Guy; number of residents claiming illness since explosion noted. [Marin BATTLES - describes illness.] Nelson Shock noted experiencing similar symptoms immediately following Titan II explosion in Kansas 2 years ago; details given, film shown. [SHOCK - relates continued symptoms.] [Attorney Albert KAMAS - notes physician's diagnosis of Shock as terminally ill.] Total damages sought by clients represented by Kamas mentioned; response by Air Force Secretary Hans Mark noted. [MARK - comments.]
REPORTER: David Dick

(Studio) Air Force reported sending experts to Guy to test water and soil samples; concern over safety of Titan II missile noted continuing.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Air Force report sent to Congress this May quoted on screen; government's claim that recent Titan explosion in Damascus was due to human error noted. [Air Force Secretary Hans MARK - says accident was unrelated to state or age of system.] Titan II accident at Rock, Kansas, recalled; films shown. Secret Air Force report, stating concern for safety of Titan system, discussed, cover page shown, details outlined on screen. [MARK - says he doesn't know if remaining Titans are leaking oxidizers.] Air Force reported announcing presence of leaks in some missiles; details given.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Search Vanderbilt Television News Archive for additional items:  
Program Time:05:46:50 pm - 05:53:10 pm. Duration: 06:20
Reporters:Cronkite, Walter; Dick, David; Pappas, Ike
Link to this page
Broadcast Type:Evening News Segment Type: News Content
Record Number:273018